High-Speed Rail Program Fact Sheets

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. The system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.

About the High-Speed Rail Program

  • Connecting California – 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.
  • Get the Facts About High-Speed Rail – When considering the impact high-speed rail has on California, it is important to separate fact from fiction.

High-Speed Rail in Northern California

  • 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.

High-Speed Rail in the Central Valley

  • 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.

High-Speed Rail in Southern California

  • 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.

High-Speed Rail Safety

  • The California High-Speed Rail Authority is committed to safety on our trains and surrounding our train lines. You can learn more about the measures we are taking to protect you in our new "Safety Factsheet".

Noise and High-Speed Rail

  • High-Speed Train Noise Levels - Four major factors make high-speed trains operate at generally quieter levels than conventional passenger and freight rail services.

Benefits of High-Speed Rail

  • 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 our local partners to get people trained and ready to work.
  • Good for the Environment: California’s policies set a national tone on environmental issues. Our 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.
  • Benefits of High-Speed Rail & Call to Action is a fact sheet giving a quick summary of how high-speed rail will connect and transform California. This information flier highlights how HSR will increase mobility, created better air quality, promote job growth and provide a much needed transportation alternative in California. This fact sheet also offers several ways for the public to stay connected including the opportunity to provide contact information to be added to email distribution lists.

Connectivity and Bookend Investments

Funding for High-Speed Rail



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Archived Fact Sheets

  • California High-Speed Rail Big Picture –View a quick snapshot of the overall program.
  • Work on High-Speed Rail is Underway – Work on the nation’’s first high-speed rail system is underway, creating jobs and providing opportunities to small businesses.
  • Construction Package 1: Work is Underway – CP 1 is the first significant construction contract executed on the Initial Operating Section of the statewide high-speed rail system. CP 1 is a 29-mile stretch between Avenue 17 in Madera County to East American Avenue in Fresno County.
  • Construction Package 2-3: Building Out the Central Valley Backbone of High-Speed Rail – Construction Package 2-3 (CP 2-3) represents the continuation of construction on the high-speed rail system south towards Kern County.
  • State Route 99 Realignment Project – Portions of State Route 99 located within the CP 1 contract limits will need to be realigned to accommodate the high-speed rail program between the existing SR 99 and the Union Pacific Railroad. Additionally, the 99 realignment will improve traffic operations, reduce congestion, and enhance traffic safety in the region.
  • High-Speed Rail Funding & Finance – More about high-speed rail’s financial model. (An updated funding and finance fact sheet will be available soon.)