About the High-Speed Rail Program
High-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.
In preparation for the procurement of the initial trainsets, California High-Speed Rail is developing concepts for the layout and interiors of the cars that will shape an iconic design and set new standards for rail travel on the first true American high-speed train service.
High-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
High-Speed Rail in the Central Valley
The electrified high-speed rail line between Merced and Bakersfield is the first building block of the statewide system. This 171-mile line will offer the nation’s first true electrified high-speed rail service.
High-Speed Rail in Southern California
En asociación con Caltrans y la Fundación de Los Angeles Railroad Heritage, instalamos una nueva exhibición que cuenta la historia del pasado, presente y futuro de los viajes en tren en California. La instalación está ubicada en Philippe The Original, el emblemático restaurante de Los Ángeles fundado en 1908.
Awarded Federal Grant Applications
Learn about the CRISI grant we were awarded to expand construction of high-speed rail by completing six grade separations in the City of Shafter. The grant will fund their design, right-of-way purchases and construction.
Learn about the RAISE grant we were awarded to restore a nationally registered historic passenger rail depot building, create a functioning park and plaza for early site activation efforts in anticipation of the future California High-Speed Rail station.
Pending Federal Grant Applications
Learn about our application to fund early elements of the California Inaugural High-Speed Service – a two-track electrified high-speed passenger rail line connecting the cities of Merced, Fresno, and Bakersfield.
Learn about our application to advance configuration design on two sections which involve complex tunnels requiring detailed geotechnical investigations: San José to Merced and Bakersfield to Palmdale.
We’re applying for a grant from Federal Highway Administration’s FY 2022/2023 Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program (WCPP). This program seeks projects to reduce the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) and improve habitat connectivity for terrestrial and aquatic species.
We’re applying for a grant from the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program (RCN) to implement a series of mitigation projects that will improve access and equity in the City of Chowchilla and the nearby community of Fairmead.
Learn about our application to be included in the Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) Program managed by the US Department of Transportation through the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Inclusion in this program would add California’s high-speed rail to a list of projects to be used for prioritizing federal funding decisions.
We’re applying for grant funding from the United States Department of Transportation Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant (MPDG) Programs for the Merced Integrated Multimodal Station Project, a planned mobility hub in downtown Merced designed to maximize seamless multimodal opportunities.
Benefits of High-Speed Rail
The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) helps small businesses and job seekers who are interested in working on the high-speed rail program. The policy removes barriers and assists small businesses and potential employees with finding and obtaining construction contracts, jobs and training.
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.
The Authority has long-held commitments matched with actions that reduce construction and supply chain greenhouse gas emissions while delivering a system that is the backbone for transferring medium and long-distance trips to completely zero-carbon rail.
I Will Ride is a student outreach program at the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) dedicated to connecting students to information and career opportunities on the nation’s first high-speed rail system currently under construction.
Small Business Program
Get the Facts
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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