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February 9, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Authority Issues Revised Draft Business Plan – Presents Proposal for Project Advancement

As part of the state’s commitment to deliver a sustainable, reliable, and accessible transportation system, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today issued its Revised Draft 2020 Business Plan for public review and comment. The plan presents a path forward for completing construction in the Central Valley and highlights continued progress to get high-speed trains running in California as soon as possible, and despite the notable impacts from the COVID-19...

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February 2, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: New Online Dashboard Shows Diversity of High-Speed Rail Small Businesses Program

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has launched a new online dashboard that tracks Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), which include women- and minority-owned small businesses participating on the high-speed rail project. The feature is on the Authority’s small business program homepage at “We designed the new dashboard to highlight minority-owned small businesses’ participation in building high-speed rail and to...

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January 29, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: First Graduating Class of Central Valley Training Center in Selma Ready to Work on High-Speed Rail

The first cohort of students graduated from the Central Valley Training Center in Selma today equipped with the skills to help build the nation’s first high-speed rail system in California. The California High-Speed Rail Authority, in partnership with the local Building and Construction Trades Council, Fresno County Economic Development Corporation and Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, recognized the hard work of the first 22 students to complete the 16-week job training...

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January 27, 2021

News Release: Garces Highway Viaduct in Kern County Completed

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and design-build contractor California Rail Builders today announced the completion of the Garces Highway Viaduct, north of the city of Wasco in Kern County. The viaduct, which will carry high-speed trains over Garces Highway, is the second structure completed in Construction Package 4 and the first finished in 2021. The Garces Highway Viaduct is located three miles west of State Route 43, along Garces Highway near Scofield Avenue. The...

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January 21, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Investment Continues to Spur Economy

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s yearly economic impact analysis released today underscores the growing value of California’s investment in high-speed rail amid the economic uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2006, the Authority has created between 54,300 and 60,400 job years of employment throughout California and invested more than $7.2 billion in planning and construction of the nation’s first high-speed rail system. Approximately 97% of the expenditures...

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December 21, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Releases December Construction Update

FRESNO, Calif. –Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) released its December 2020 Construction Update highlighting ongoing work along the high-speed rail project and celebrating the creation of more than 5,000 construction jobs since the start of construction in the Central Valley. “During a year of uncertainty, and Californians coping with a worldwide pandemic, the Authority is proud to continue increasing the number of well-paying construction jobs for...

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December 16, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: City of Palmdale Approves Station Area Plan for Downtown Palmdale, Future High-Speed Rail Station

The Palmdale City Council voted yesterday evening to move forward with plans guiding future development around the proposed high-speed rail station in downtown Palmdale. The City Council’s action caps a four-year planning and community engagement effort, funded in part by station area planning funds from the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The Palmdale Transit Area Specific Plan lays out how land can be developed in the approximately 750 acres surrounding the future station to...

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December 8, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Receives National Award for Sustainability

California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced today it has received national recognition with the Envision Platinum rating for its sustainability efforts. The Envision Platinum rating is the highest-level award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, and the award is the first time a program the size and complexity of the state’s high-speed rail project has earned such an honor. “We are proud to have achieved Envision Platinum for the high-speed rail program....

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November 16, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: Progress Continues in Fresno County with Opening of American Avenue Overpass

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced the opening of the American Avenue overpass in Fresno County. American Avenue is one of 11 grade separations in Fresno County completed for future high-speed rail construction, and is the fifth high-speed rail structure to open in the Central Valley in the last three months. “With 119 miles under design and construction and 171 miles environmentally cleared, the high-speed rail project is making significant...

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November 16, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: ‘I Will Ride’ Relaunches With Expanded Effort

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is working to inspire the next generation of the high-speed rail innovators with the relaunch of “I Will Ride.” This educational initiative is designed to inform, engage and connect a wide range of high-school, college and university students to the nation’s first high-speed rail system currently under construction in the Central Valley. “‘I Will Ride’ is more than a commitment to take the train – it...

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