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Highlights from Chapter 1:


  • Green lines and bright blue lines represent electric high-speed rail under development. Electric High-Speed Rail Under Development
  • Environmental Documents Underway
  • Cleared for Project Development
  • Stars represent major station funding projects Major Station Funding
Gilroy Merced Fresno Burbank San Francisco Palmdale Los Angeles Anaheim Kings/Tulare Bakersfield Madera San José Millbrae - SFO Victorville Virgin Trains

Where We Are in 2020

  • 350 miles in project development

  • 51 miles between San Francisco and San Jose

  • 171 miles between Merced to Bakersfield

  • 130 miles between Victorville and California/Nevada border

  • Full Phase 1 system clearance underway

Key Facts

  • More than $6.4 billion has been invested in planning and building high-speed rail
  • California's population is expected to reach 50 million by 2055
  • The Central Valley has some of the worst air quality in the country
  • Central Valley children under four are twice as like to be hospitalized with asthma than other kids in California
  • High-speed rail trains will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy
  • High-speed rail greenhouse gas savings savings will be the equivalent of taking 400,000 cars off the road each year

Comparative Travel Times, Future Car, Existing Rail and Non-Stop High-Speed Rail

Grouped bar chart comparing the approximate trip travel times by mode for five separate corridors in the California

Travel Times text description of the grouped bar chart

Schedule for Completing Environmental Documents

Project Segment Draft EIR/EIS Revised ROD Date
Central Valley Wye (Merced to Fresno) September 2019 September 2020
Bakersfield to Palmdale March 2020 April 2021
Burbank to Los Angeles May 2020 June 2021
Palmdale to Burbank December 2020 January 2022
San José to Merced April 2020 May 2021
San Francisco to San José June 2020 August 2021
Los Angeles to Anaheim January 2021 February 2022
Photo of Kevin Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer, Central California Asthma Coalition

Air pollution, particularly from diesel operation, triggers asthma and asthma attacks. It's one of the most dangerous substances in the world you can breathe and no matter what you're told, there is no such thing as 'clean diesel'

— Kevin Hamilton
CEO Central California Asthma Coalition

More Information

Learn more about the California High-Speed Rail program and business plan online at or contact the Board of Directors at (916) 324-1541 or

Comparative Travel Times Chart


The chart compares the travel times for travel between the following corridors: Merced to Bakersfield, San Jose to Fresno, Fresno to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Bakersfield and San Francisco to Los Angeles. Each corridor displays the estimated travel time of High-Speed Rail, current car travel time via Highway 99, and existing passenger rail services between the origin and destination city. Each corridor consistently shows the estimated high-speed rail travel time being half that of car travel and passenger rail.


Numerical values presented on the image:

Comparative Travel Times (in hours and minutes)

Corridor High-Speed Rail Car Passenger Rail
Merced to Bakersfield 0:56 2:34 2:59
San Jose to Fresno 0:53 2:35 5:01
Fresno to Los Angeles 1:30 3:31 5:45
San Francisco to Bakersfield 1:59 4:25 7:24
San Francisco to Los Angeles 2:45 6:12 11:40