Factsheets

About the High-Speed Rail Program

Connecting California

Connecting California Factsheet coverThis is a quick snapshot of the overall program and how it will transform mobility, spur economic growth, create a cleaner environment, and preserve agricultural lands and natural habitats.

 

 

Funding High-Speed Rail

Funding High-Speed Rail factsheet coverThe California High-Speed Rail Authority receives funding from federal and state sources which is being used to fund construction, environmental planning and other early work.

 

 

 

Keeping High-Speed Rail Moving

Maintenance Facilities CoverHigh-speed rail operations will require five different facility types: Maintenance of Way (MOW) facilities, Light Maintenance Facilities (LMF), a Heavy Maintenance Facility (HMF), an Operations Control Center, and operations management headquarters.

 

 

High-Speed, High-Capacity Transportation

Capacity Analysis CoverDespite planned investments in airports and highways, California is facing a transportation capacity crisis. To keep pace, California must expand its transportation capacity to improve mobility.

 

 

Safety Factsheet

Safety Factsheet thumbnailThe California High-Speed Rail Authority is committed to safety on trains and surrounding train lines. Learn more about the measures being taken to protect you.

 

 

 

High-Speed Train Noise Levels

Noise factsheet thumbnailFour major factors make high-speed trains operate at generally quieter levels than conventional passenger and freight rail services.

 

 

 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Cover of Diversity Equity and Inclusion factsheetWe’re committed to delivering the high-speed rail system to all Californians and achieving its mission in a way that reflects the Authority’s highest values.

 

 

 

High-Speed Rail: An International Success Story

Cover of International Success Story factsheetHigh-speed rail may be new to the United States and California, but countries around the world have been building thousands of miles of high-speed rail for years, and many more countries plan to join them.

High-Speed Rail in Northern California

Northern California at a Glance

Norcal at a glance coverHigh-speed rail will provide clean, modern transportation for the millions of Northern California residents and will help tie the state’s economies together like never before.

 

 

San Francisco to San José Project Section Factsheet

The rail corridor between San Francisco and San Jose is undergoing a transformation. In a landmark agreement in 2012, Caltrain and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) agreed to electrify the existing Caltrain corridor, share the tracks, and maintain the corridor as primarily a two-track railroad. The plan to share the tracks for both the regional commuter and state high-speed rail systems is referred to as the Blended System. This factsheet discusses the environmental clearance and project approval process and the alternatives evaluated in the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) to be considered by the Authority Board of Directors.

 

San Francisco to San José Project Section: What Has Changed in the Final Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement?

San Francisco to San José to Final EIR/EIS Key Changes Factsheet thumbnailThe Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) is the final environmental document for high-speed rail between San Francisco and San José. During the two public comment periods, the Authority received 175 submissions, providing a total of more than 2,250 comments. In consultation with stakeholders, the project team conducted additional analysis and added or revised mitigation measures and developed responses to each of the comments, and these are included in the Final EIR/EIS.

 

Northern California Light Maintenance Facility Factsheet

San Francisco to San José to LMF Factsheet thumbnailThe The Northern California Light Maintenance Facility (LMF) is one of three train maintenance facilities that will support the overall California High-Speed Rail System. The LMF will serve as a location where trains are cleaned, serviced, and stored. It will also be a service point for any trains in need of emergency repair services. Maintenance operations will include exterior and interior cleaning, wheel truing, testing, and inspections.

 

At-Grade Crossing Safety Factsheet

At-Grade Crossing Safety Factsheet thumbnailSafety is a top priority for the Authority. For at-grade crossings, safety requirements for various speeds of operation are regulated by the FRA and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). CPUC has jurisdiction in California, while FRA has jurisdiction in all of the US. The Authority works closely with these agencies to ensure the design complies with all relevant safety guidelines.

 

San José to Merced Project Section Factsheet

The San José to Merced Project Section plays a critical role in connecting the Bay Area and the Central Valley. This factsheet discusses the environmental clearance and project approval process and the alternatives evaluated in the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) to be considered by the Authority Board of Directors.

 

San José to Merced Project Section: What Has Changed in the Final Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement?

San José to Merced Final EIR/EIS thumbnailThe Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) is the final environmental document for high-speed rail between San José and the Central Valley Wye. During the two public comment periods, the Authority received over 750 submissions, providing a total of more than 5,000 comments. In consultation with stakeholders, the project team conducted additional analysis and added or revised mitigation measures and developed responses to each of the comments, and these are included in the Final EIR/EIS.

 

San José to Merced Project Section: Tunneling Factsheet

Tunneling in NorCal thumbnailConstruction of California’s high-speed rail system will require between 40 and 50 miles of tunneling through mountainous regions in both Northern and Southern California. The San José to Merced Project Section will feature over 15 miles of tunnels through Pacheco Pass in the Diablo Range, a critical link between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley. This factsheet provides information about the Pacheco Pass, in addition to discussing tunnel construction and safety.

 

San José to Merced Project Section: At-Grade Crossing Safety Factsheet

At-Grade Crossing Safety thumbnailSafety is a top priority for the California High-Speed Rail project. For at-grade crossings (where roads cross railroad tracks), safety requirements for various speeds of operation are regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the California Public Utilities Commission. The Authority works closely with these agencies to ensure the design complies with all relevant safety guidelines.

 

San José to Merced Project Section: Wildlife Movement Factsheet

Wildlife Movement thumbnailThe California High-Speed Rail system is being designed to minimize impacts to important wildlife linkages, contribute to wildlife passage improvement plans, and mitigate impacts to wildlife movement consistent with Proposition 1A approved by California voters. The California High-Speed Rail Authority has been analyzing wildlife movement and mitigation options since 2001. The goal is to limit, where feasible, the extent to which the high-speed rail system may present an additional barrier to an animal’s natural movement, and improve movement were barriers currently exist.

High-Speed Rail in the Central Valley

Central Valley at a Glance Central Valley ThumbnailHigh-speed rail is already happening in the Central Valley, with construction now spanning 119 miles across Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties.

High-Speed Rail in Southern California

Southern California at a Glance

SoCal ThumbnailThe Authority continues its work in partnership with agencies, corridor cities, interested stakeholders and the public to bring the nation’s first high-speed rail to Southern California.

 

 

Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section

Burbank to LA ThumbnailThe Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section will connect two key multimodal transportation hubs, the Hollywood Burbank Airport and Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS), providing an additional link between Downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and the State.

 

Los Angeles to Anaheim Project Section

LA to Anaheim ThumbnailThe Los Angeles to Anaheim Project Section is the southernmost link connecting Los Angeles Union Station to the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) using the existing shared Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo urban rail corridor.

Benefits of High-Speed Rail

The Economic Impact of California High-Speed Rail

Economic Impact ThumbnailA look at how investment in the nation’s first high-speed rail system has created jobs and generated economic activity in numerous ways.

 

 

 

High-Speed Rail: Creating Jobs

Jobs factsheet thumbnailCalifornia’s high-speed rail program is putting people to work. The number of employment opportunities continues to increase as the program expands.

 

 

Helping Small Businesses Grow

Small Business factsheet thumbnailMore about the Authority’s Small Business Program and how to get involved.                   

 

 

 

 

Building a Sustainable Future

Sustainability Factsheet thumbnailCalifornia’s policies set a national tone on environmental issues. The goal is to deliver the greenest infrastructure project in the nation, both in construction and operations, and to honor California’s culture of environmental stewardship.

Funding and Investments

State Investments in Southern California Rail Transit Projects

Socal investments factsheet thumbnailA look at the money high-speed rail is investing in connectivity and bookend projects in Southern California.

 

 

 

State Investments in Northern California Rail Transit Projects

NorCal Investments Factsheet ThumbnailA look at the money high-speed rail is investing in connectivity and bookend projects in Northern California.

Get the Facts

Get the Facts: Merced to Bakersfield Line

Get the Facts Merced to Fresno ThumbnailHigh-speed rail will connect California’s mega-regions, starting with the Merced to Bakersfield line as the first part of a building block approach.

 

 

 

Get the Facts: Construction

Get the facts: Construction thumbnailThe high-speed rail project has garnered a lot of publicity leading to speculation and rumor, making it important to separate fact from fiction.

 

 

 

Get the Facts: Sustainability

Get the facts: Sustainability thumbnailThe Authority is committed to building a high-speed rail system that minimizes impacts to both the natural and built environment, encourages compact land development around transit stations and helps California manage its pressing issues with climate change, traffic and airport congestion, and energy dependency.

Activity Sheets

HSR Activity Sheet

Get creative and colorful with High-Speed Rail. Color your very own high-speed train or tell us where in California you will ride the train. Once your masterpiece is complete, upload it to Twitter or Instagram and tag us @cahsra and be sure to use the hashtag #Iwillride If you would like your image to be shared on our social media or other platforms, send in your image with a signed  consent form through mail or email to the following address: California High-Speed Rail Authority 770 L Street, Suite 1180 Sacramento, CA 95814 Or email at: info@hsr.ca.gov

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