About the High-Speed Rail Program
This 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.
The 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
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.
High-Speed, High-Capacity Transportation
Despite 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.
The 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.
Four 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
We’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
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
Northern California at a Glance
High-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.
High-Speed Rail in the Central Valley
High-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
The 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.
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.
California Phase I Corridor Configuration Design FSP – National Project Development Grant
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.
Corridor Identification and Development Program Grant
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.
Six Grade Separations and Central Valley Training Center in Selma – 2022 CRISI Program Grant
Learn about two grants we’ve applied for that will improve the health, safety, and economic vitality of underserved communities in California’s Central Valley and advance the Merced-Bakersfield inaugural high-speed service by funding six new grade separations and the pre-apprenticeship training program at the Central Valley Training Center.
Fresno Station Historic Depot Renovation and Plaza Activation Project – RAISE Program Grant
Learn about our grant application 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.
Six Grade Separations in the City of Shafter – 2022 Railroad Crossing Elimination Program
Learn about our grant application that will help eliminate highway-rail and pathway-rail grade crossings in the City of Shafter that are frequently blocked by trains. Money from this grant will also be used to reduce the environmental and health impacts that freight movement and railroad operations have on the surrounding community.
Benefits of High-Speed Rail
The Economic Impact of California 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.
High-Speed Rail: Creating Jobs
California’s high-speed rail program is putting people to work. The number of employment opportunities continues to increase as the program expands.
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.
Student Leadership in High-Speed Rail Transportation
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
More about the Authority’s Small Business Program and how to get involved.
How to get registered and stay connected.
A summary of the Authority’s Small and Disadvantaged Business Program and the certification process.
A helpful guide to assist in a bidding process.
A summary of what to do before you sign the contract/agreement.
A summary of what to do after you sign the contract/agreement.
Get the Facts
Get the Facts: Merced to Bakersfield Line
High-speed rail will connect California’s mega-regions, starting with the Merced to 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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