Northern California Regional Update November 2017

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) continues its commitment to conduct public outreach. Here are a few updates this month.


California High-Speed Rail Meets Federal Funding Requirements

The California High-Speed Rail Authority announced in October that it has met its federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 requirements by investing more than $2.55 billion granted to the State since 2009 to build the nationís first high-speed rail system. These funds have helped to create thousands of new jobs and generated approximately $4 billion in economic activity in the Central Valley and across California.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was enacted in 2009 to address the Great Recession by creating jobs, spurring technological development and building new infrastructure. The Authority invested the federal funds in core program tasks, including advanced planning, design and environmental outreach with communities along the full Phase 1 system from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim. The funds helped advance construction on over 119 miles in the Central Valley from Madera to north of Bakersfield with 14 active construction sites.

For more information, read the full Investing in California’s Future through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act report.

Investing in Californiaís Future through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 report
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Bay Area Small Businesses Doing Work on High-Speed Rail

In the most recent issue of our quarterly small business newsletter, we look at a handful of the over 400 certified small business working or committed to work on the nation’s first high-speed rail system. This issues cover story profiles a certified Microbusiness based out of Benicia called JMA Civil. They currently have contracts for two of the construction packages in the Central Valley to design temporary routes known as shoo-flies that re-route freight lines while high-speed rail is being built. It’s an important and essential job being done to ensure that we can build the project and keep freight lines moving.

Small Business Newsletter Vol 5: Issue 3
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November Construction Update

Under Bridge Image Construction Workers Road Close Sign

In this month’s construction update see two new projects that are now underway in the Central Valley. The update also features construction videos from the San Joaquin River Viaduct, Avenue 12, the State Route 99 Realignment and the Tulare Street Undercrossing. Plus, meet a veteran who learned how to operate cranes in the Army and has been doing it around the world for 50 years, hear what he says about working on the nation’s first high-speed rail line.

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What's New in the San Francisco to San Jose Project Section

Caltrain 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project

In recognition of September as Rail Safety Month, the Authority released a video that highlights San Mateo's 25th Avenue Grade Separation project which celebrated its official groundbreaking on September 25. This crucial safety improvement will save lives, reduce accidents, and limit idle time for drivers using the crossings.

Watch the video to learn more about the project and its benefits to the community.

Alignment Tour

The Authority recently hosted a series of outreach meetings along the San Francisco to San Jose project section corridor. On October 18, city staffers from communities along the Peninsula attended an alignment tour, where Authority representatives discussed project elements of the high-speed rail program. City staff provided our team feedback on how the future of high-speed rail will impact their communities. This collaboration with stakeholders continues to be an important component of the Authorityís comprehensive community outreach efforts.

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City Council Briefings

Do you live in Redwood City or City of San Carlos? On October 23, 2017, the Redwood City City Council invited the Authority to provide a project update and the next day, the Authority and Caltrain met with the City of San Carlos to provide a joint update about possible passing track alternatives in the city. Caltrain and the Authority will continue to work together as the design is refined and analyzed. The Authority is committed to working with Caltrain to ensure both operators can provide the best possible service and operational flexibility for future growth along the Caltrain Peninsula Corridor that operates from downtown San Francisco to the Diridon Station in San Jose.

City Council Briefing City Council Briefing

Whatís New in the San Jose to Merced Project Section

Geotechnical Investigation Update

In October, the Authority completed all of the geotechnical field work for public right-of-way exploration in the Pacheco Pass. Four deep boring wells were completed, with each being fitted with a groundwater measuring device. The Authority also installed a pair of groundwater monitoring wells.

The Authority hopes to complete more deep-rock borings by summer of 2018. In the meantime, groundwater evaluations will continue to be monitored, which will assist in assessing groundwater impacts on future tunneling.

The next step phase of the investigation will be in the Santa Clara Valley expected to start later in November.

To see more about this work, please view our geotechnical video.

San Jose Community Working Group

Representatives from the Authority met with members of the San Jose Community Working Group (CWG) on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Martin Luther King Library. During the two-hour session, the Authority and CWG members reviewed a flyover with simulations of the high-speed rail program. The group also discussed future meeting dates and what topics they would like to prioritize for the January 2018 meeting. Information about this meeting and previous meetings can be found under Community Meetings here:

If you are interested in inviting us to your community meeting to receive a project update, our team would be happy to coordinate with you. Feel free to contact us here:

Via Email:

Via Phone:
San Francisco to San Jose Project Section:
(800) 435-8670
San Jose to Merced Project Section:
(800) 455-8166

Via Mail:
Northern California Regional Office
California High-Speed Rail Authority
100 Paseo de San Antonio, Suite 206
San Jose, CA 95113