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Key Facts - Statewide


350 miles of high-speed rail is in various stages of development or construction

The Phase 1 high-speed rail system is expected to be environmentally cleared in the next 18-24 months

More than 500 small businesses are working on the project statewide

Key Facts - Central Valley

Comparative Travel Times, Future High-Speed Rail, Existing Auto and Passenger 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

  • The Merced-Bakersfield line will carry more riders and deliver the most mobility, environmental and economic benefits for the lowest cost -- generating about $38 billion in economic activity
  • Merced-Bakersfield is affordable with current funding and can be operational by 2029
  • 119 miles of high-speed rail infrastructure are under construction now in the Central Valley
  • 3,500 construction workers have been dispatched since the start of construction
  • As the backbone of the State Rail Plan, high-speed rail will connect the region to the rest of California

Key Facts - Northern California

  • More than $1.6 billion of Proposition 1A funds and other Authority funding are supporting investments in Northern California, including $714 million to Caltrain’s Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project. Additionally, federal funds of $400 million supported the Salesforce Transit Center
  • In September 2019, the Board of Directors identified the Preferred Alternatives for the San Francisco to San José and San José to Merced project sections
  • Within the next two years, environmental clearance will be complete, setting the stage for pre-construction activities to begin
  • Station planning is underway, including for a new Diridon Integrated Station Concept (DISC) which will be a major South Bay multimodal hub
Overhead view of the Salesforce Transit Center

Schedule for Completing Environmental Documents

Project Segment Draft EIR/EIS Revised ROD Date
Central Valley Wye (Merced to Fresno) Completed September 2020
San José to Merced April 2020 May 2021
San Francisco to San José June 2020 August 2021

Key Facts - Southern California

  • $1.3 billion of Proposition 1A funds and other Authority funding are supporting investments in Southern California, including $441 million towards the Link Union Station project and $76.7 million to the Rosecranz/Marquardt Grade Separation Project
  • In late 2018, the Board of Directors identified preferred alternatives for all four Southern California project sections
  • Within the next two years, environmental clearance will be complete, setting the stage for pre-construction activities to begin
  • In January 2019, the Authority, together with CalSTA and Caltrans, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Virgin Trains USA to collaborate on developing electrified high-speed rail between Las Vegas and Victorville and a future connection at Palmdale

Schedule for Completing Environmental Documents

Project Segment Draft EIR/EIS Revised ROD Date
Bakersfield to Palmdale March 2020 April 2021
Burbank to Los Angeles May 2020 June 2021
Palmdale to Burbank December 2020 January 2022
Los Angeles to Anaheim January 2021 February 2022
Photo of an approaching Brightline train

Virgin Trains USA and High-Speed Rail Collaboration

The January 2019 Memorandum of Understanding with Virgin Trains USA lays out an agreement to:

  • Evaluate opportunities to extend to Palmdale, California and interconnect with the California high-speed rail system;
  • Share information on designs, operations, ridership and construction data to evaluate interoperability; and
  • Evaluate and identify joint purchasing opportunities for materials and possibly rolling stock and reservation/ticketing systems.

This is an example of how the high-speed rail program continues to meet Proposition 1A's original intent - to explore opportunities for private investment. This unique opportunity demonstrates the potential for future private participation in funding the system.

More Information

Learn more about the California High-Speed Rail program and business plan online at https://www.hsr.ca.gov/ or contact the Board of Directors at (916) 324-1541 or boardmembers@hsr.ca.gov.

Comparative Travel Times Chart

Overview

The chart compares the travel times for travel between the following corridors: Bakersfield to Merced, Bakersfield to Fresno, Fresno to Merced. 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. Estimated high-speed rail travel times are based on service that is not non-stop. Each corridor consistently shows the estimated high-speed rail travel time being half that of car travel and passenger rail.

Values

Numerical values presented on the image:

Comparative Travel Times (in hours and minutes)

Corridor High-Speed Rail Car Passenger Rail
Bakersfield to Merced 1:21 2:34 2:59
Bakersfield to Fresno 0:51 1:45 1:56
Fresno to Merced 0:30 0:57 0:53