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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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October 28, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: First High-Speed Rail Structure in Kern County Completed

KERN COUNTY, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority today announced the completion of Poso Creek Viaduct in Kern County, the first completed structure in the 22-mile segment of high-speed rail from the Tulare-Kern county line to Poplar Avenue in Kern County known as Construction Package 4. It is the fourth high-speed rail structure completed in the Central Valley since August.Construction on Poso Creek Viaduct, located south of Blankenship Avenue and west of State Route 43 just...

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October 15, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Authority Releases 2020 Sustainability Report Highlighting Project Benefits to Improve Air Quality

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today released its 2020 Sustainability Report: Building Resilience. The annual report details ongoing efforts to advance the nation’s largest and greenest infrastructure project and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transportation. In the past year, the Authority has expanded efforts to deliver a system that maximizes benefits to underserved communities, protects natural resources and is a catalyst in the transition to a low-carbon...

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October 2, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: Avenue 7 Overpass Opens to Traffic in Madera County

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced the opening of the Avenue 7 overpass – the third high-speed rail structure to open in the last two months. Avenue 7 is one of nine grade separations in Madera County. “Grade separations ensure the safety of the local community and have longstanding environmental benefits including the reduction of unhealthy greenhouse gas emissions from idling vehicles normally at these railroad crossings,” said Garth...

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September 10, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: Authority Board Approves Final Portion of High-Speed Rail Line Between Merced and Bakersfield

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) Board of Directors unanimously approved the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the approximately 50-mile project alignment section referred to as the “Central Valley Wye” part of the Merced to Fresno Section. The action provides for full environmental clearance for 171 miles of the high-speed rail alignment between Merced and Bakersfield, and the selection of...

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September 9, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: Website Launch for High-Speed Rail Training Center in Selma

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the City of Selma are ramping up recruitment efforts for the first cohort of the Central Valley Training Center Program by launching its new website. The website will allow students to easily review the training program’s qualifications and sign up for classes scheduled to start on Oct. 5. The training center, located in the City of Selma, will provide pre-apprenticeship classes and hands-on construction industry training for...

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September 8, 2020

PHOTO RELEASE: Avenue 10 Overpass Opens in Madera County

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced the opening of the Avenue 10 overpass in Madera County – the second high-speed rail grade separation to open in the last month. Grade separations are realigned roadways designed to eliminate hazards, improve safety and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by idling vehicles. The Avenue 10 overpass will allow traffic to cross over the future high-speed rail tracks. “Safety is a top priority at the...

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September 4, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Nears 1,100 Daily Workers at Central Valley Job Sites

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is now averaging a daily record of nearly 1,100 workers dispatched to construction sites throughout the Central Valley. This milestone comes as the country celebrates Labor Day and the contributions of the American worker. “The Authority is proud to keep hardworking men and women on the job and in the field during this worldwide pandemic,” said Authority CEO Brian Kelly. “These individuals are more than...

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