This is a quick snapshot of the overall program and how it will transform mobility, spur economic growth, create a cleaner environment, and preserve agricultural lands and natural habitat.
Northern California at a Glance
High-speed rail will provide clean, modern transportation for the millions of Northern California residents and will help tie the state’s economies together like never before.
San Jose to Merced Project Section
High-speed rail offers an unprecedented opportunity to modernize California’s transportation system and tie together the state’s economies. The San Jose to Merced Project Section will be the crucial connection between the Bay Area and the Central Valley. This fact sheet discusses the staff recommendation for the State’s Preferred Alternative to be considered by the Authority’s Board of Directors in September 2019
San Francisco to San Jose Project Section
High-speed rail offers an unprecedented opportunity to modernize the rail corridor between San Francisco and San Jose. In a landmark agreement in 2012, Caltrain, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), and a variety of other regional partners agreed to electrify the existing Caltrain corridor, have the two rail systems share the tracks, and maintain the corridor as primarily a two-track railroad. The plan to share the tracks for both the regional commuter and state high-speed rail systems is referred to as the Blended System. This fact sheet discusses the staff recommendation for a preferred alternative to be considered by the Authority’ Board of Directors in September 2019 for adding the infrastructure that will be necessary to support high-speed rail service in the corridor.
Central Valley at a Glance
High-speed rail is already happening in the Central Valley, with construction now spanning 119 miles across Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties.
Southern California at a Glance
The Authority continues its work in partnership with agencies, corridor cities, interested stakeholders and the public to bring the nation’s first high-speed rail to Southern California.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority is committed to safety on trains and surrounding train lines. Learn more about the measures being taken to protect you.
High-Speed Train Noise Levels
Four major factors make high-speed trains operate at generally quieter levels than conventional passenger and freight rail services.
The Economic Impact of California High-Speed Rail
A look at how investment in the nation’s first high-speed rail system has created jobs and generated economic activity in numerous ways.
High-Speed Rail: Creating Jobs
California’s high-speed rail program is putting people to work. The number of employment opportunities continues to increase as the program expands.
Helping Small Businesses Grow
More about the Authority’s Small Business Program and how to get involved.
Community Benefits Agreement
The high-speed rail program is already creating jobs, and the Authority is committed to working with local partners to get people trained and ready to work.
Good for the Environment
California’s policies set a national tone on environmental issues. The goal is to deliver the greenest infrastructure project in the nation, both in construction and operations, and to honor California’s culture of environmental stewardship.
Connectivity and Bookend Investments
When California voters approved Proposition 1A in 2008, they committed to investing a portion of Proposition 1A funds toward improving existing passenger rail lines that serve the state’s major population centers.
State Investments in Southern California Rail Transit Projects
A look at the money high-speed rail is investing in connectivity and bookend projects in Southern California.
State Investments in Northern California Rail Transit Projects
A look at the money high-speed rail is investing in connectivity and bookend projects in Northern California.
High-Speed Rail: An International Success Story
View examples of successful high-speed rail programs throughout the world.
Get the Facts: Merced-Fresno-Bakersfield Line 2019
High-speed rail will connect California’s mega-regions, starting with the Merced-Fresno-Bakersfield line as the first part of a building block approach.
Get the Facts: Construction 2019
The high-speed rail project has garnered a lot of publicity leading to speculation and rumor, making it important to separate fact from fiction.
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