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High-Speed Rail Authority 2020 Business Plan Delivering the Vision

Draft 2020 Business Plan Out Now, Public Comment Period Open

The Authority recently released the Draft 2020 Business Plan that takes a closer look at the project’s challenges and outlines a path forward as we continue to put Californians to work bringing high-speed rail closer to reality in our state.

This plan outlines how this program will advance to meet California’s mobility, environmental and economic objectives,” said Authority CEO Brian Kelly. “We are in an exciting time for this project and the electrification of transportation in California. In 2020, there will be 350 miles of electrified high-speed rail in development. In the next 18 to 24 months, we will work to environmentally clear the full Phase 1 system between San Francisco and Los Angeles/Anaheim. This transformation is well underway in California. Now is not the time to turn back,” Kelly said.

The draft business plan proposes continued investments that build California’s infrastructure, linked over time, to provide the greatest amount of mobility, economic and environmental benefits to Californians and initiate high-speed rail service as soon as possible. The Draft 2020 Business Plan identifies the following priorities:

The Authority is now seeking public comment as part of a 60-day public comment period that closes April 12. At the Authority’s Board of Directors meeting on February 18, we received more than 35 comments from supporters of the plan. Comments can be submitted via online form on our website,email at, US mail to the Authority, voicemail comment at (916) 384-9516, or in person at an upcoming Board of Directors Meeting being held on March 17 in Los Angeles.

CEO Report

Our next Board meeting is scheduled for March 17 in Los Angeles, and we have environmental progress to report that will occur between now and then. Also, in this month’s CEO Report, get an update on Diridon Integrated Station Concept (DISC) planning in San Jose and funding for the Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) project.

Congressman Jim Costa and group of officials and workers at San Joaquin River Viaduct construction site

Costa Unveils Legislation to Fund HSR and Rail Projects

Congressman Jim Costa recently unveiled the High-Speed Rail Corridor Development Act, legislation that would provide $32 billion to fund projects in federally designated high-speed rail corridors. The bill would directly assist in funding to complete California’s High-Speed Rail project connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles via the San Joaquin Valley. On February 21, Costa held a press conference at high-speed rail’s San Joaquin River Viaduct construction site to unveil the bill.

Central Valley construction worker video

Proud to be a Part of High-Speed Rail

High-speed rail is bringing California together, connecting our regions in a new and transformative way. The system is being built by proud parents, proud tradespeople, proud members of the community and people proud to be part of this project that will change transportation in our state. Hear why being part of this project means so much to these proud Californians, then check out the latest in construction activity in the new Construction Update.

Construction worker with rebar in Central Valley

Investing in California Small Businesses

The latest version of the Investing in California Small Businesses newsletter is out now. Love is in the air during the month of February, and this issue features a couple that works together. In honor of Black History Month, we highlight two African-American women who play a major role in the small business arena.

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Talking High-Speed Rail

The Made in California podcast recently hit the road to talk transportation and high-speed rail. Host Aneesh Raman spoke with Egon Terplan, senior advisor to Governor Newsom, Authority Board Chairman Lenny Mendonca, Authority CEO Brian Kelly and Authority Chief of External Affairs Melissa Figueroa. Listen now on Soundcloud at

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