About the High-Speed Rail Program
High-Speed Rail in Northern California
High-speed rail offers an unprecedented opportunity to modernize the rail corridor between San Francisco and San Jose. In a landmark agreement in 2012, Caltrain, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), and a variety of other regional partners agreed to electrify the existing Caltrain corridor, have the two rail systems 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 staff recommendation for a preferred alternative to be considered by the Authority’ Board of Directors in September 2019 for adding the infrastructure that will be necessary to support high-speed rail service in the corridor.
High-speed rail offers an unprecedented opportunity to modernize California’s transportation system and tie together the state’s economies. The San Jose to Merced Project Section will be the crucial connection between the Bay Area and the Central Valley. This factsheet discusses the staff recommendation for the State’s Preferred Alternative to be considered by the Authority’s Board of Directors in September 2019.
Construction 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 Jose 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.
High-Speed Rail in the Central Valley
High-Speed Rail in Southern California
High-Speed Rail Safety
Noise and High-Speed Rail
Four major factors make high-speed trains operate at generally quieter levels than conventional passenger and freight rail services.
Benefits of High-Speed Rail
A look at how investment in the nation’s first high-speed rail system has created jobs and generated economic activity in numerous ways.
More about the Authority’s Small Business Program and how to get involved.
The high-speed rail program is already creating jobs, and the Authority is committed to working with local partners to get people trained and ready to work.
California’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
A look at the money high-speed rail is investing in connectivity and bookend projects in Southern California.
A look at the money high-speed rail is investing in connectivity and bookend projects in Northern California.
In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 1A (Prop 1A) that provided legal guidelines and $9.95 billion in general obligation bonds for the California high-speed rail program and related transportation projects. This is a quick review of Prop 1A, what a bond allocation is, and what has been done as of early 2021.
Get the Facts
High-speed rail will connect California’s mega-regions, starting with the Merced-Fresno-Bakersfield line as the first part of a building block approach.
The high-speed rail project has garnered a lot of publicity leading to speculation and rumor, making it important to separate fact from fiction.
The 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.
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