Environmental Partnerships & Resources

The California High-Speed Rail Authority and its partners at the federal and state levels have recognized that approaching everything from planning and designing through construction and operating California’s high-speed rail system in an environmentally conscious way will result in better outcomes for communities, the environment, and the economy: a tremendous return on investment.

The Authority has been joined by The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to establish a partnership to think through and effectively implement sustainability strategies for the system.

A truly sustainable high-speed rail system will promote housing and development patterns that takes local desires into account, integrate station access and amenities into neighborhoods, connect multiple modes of transportation to increase options for affordable, convenient access to goods, services and employment, reduce per passenger transportation emissions across California and protect ecologically sensitive and agricultural lands.

These partner agencies recognize that a wide range of expertise and place-based knowledge is needed in order to achieve a truly sustainable high-speed rail system. Together with these partners, the Authority will engage local organizations, appropriate private entities, and other state and federal agencies and encourage them to participate in this collaborative process.

As a reflection of this partnership and the leadership in transparency and continuous improvement that California is noted for, the Authority is systematically reporting on its progress toward these sustainability targets, making it clear to stakeholders where the project and the Authority are in their path to a truly sustainable high-speed rail system.