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April 19, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: $3 Million Grant Awarded to Study Pacheco Pass Wildlife Overcrossing Near Future High-Speed Rail Line

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency, along with partners from Caltrans, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Pathways for Wildlife, are applauding the award of a $3.125 million grant to continue efforts to protect wildlife movement in Northern California. The California Wildlife Conservation Board grant will fund the planning, design, environmental review and permitting of a proposed wildlife overcrossing spanning State Route 152, near the San Jose to Merced high-speed rail project section.

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March 11, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Releases Spring 2022 Construction Update

FRESNO, Calif. – Today, in recognition of Women in Construction Week, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) released its Spring 2022 Construction Update and recognized women who are contributing to the nation’s first high-speed rail project. With continued winter construction progress, highlights include last month’s completion of the South Avenue Grade Separation in Fresno County, updates on the Cedar Viaduct’s dual span of arches and installation of pre-cast concrete girders at the Conejo Viaduct.

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February 28, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Funded Grade Separation Opens to Traffic

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced today it has completed another structure on the nation’s first high-speed rail system. The South Avenue Grade Separation in Fresno County is now open to traffic, adding to the continued progress along the 65-mile segment known as Construction Package (CP) 2-3 in Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.

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February 25, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Releases Final Environmental Studies to Connect Silicon Valley and Central Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today released the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIR/EIS) for the approximately 90-mile San Jose to Merced Project Section in Northern California. The Authority’s Board of Directors will consider the final document for approval during its two-day board meeting on April 20 and 21, in conjunction with the proposed approval of the preferred alternative alignment. If approved, this project section will move closer to being “shovel ready” for when preconstruction and construction funding becomes available.

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February 16, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: Investments in High-Speed Rail Continue to Lift California’s Economy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Investments in clean, electrified high-speed rail continue to generate positive impacts for the economy in California’s Central Valley and beyond. The latest data shows an rise in jobs and economic investment.

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February 8, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Authority Issues Draft 2022 Business Plan for Public Review and Comment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As California takes the lead in building a modern, clean and sustainable transportation system, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today issued its Draft 2022 Business Plan for public review and comment. The release of the draft plan comes just 10 months after the Authority’s Board of Directors approved the final 2020 Business Plan, which included an extended public comment period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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January 31, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Authority Recognized as Employer of the Year by Organization Advancing Women in Transportation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has received the prestigious Employer of the Year award from the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) Sacramento chapter. This annual award recognizes a transportation organization for outstanding leadership in mentoring women in the transportation field, providing opportunities for upward mobility for women and having women at the highest levels of leadership.

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January 20, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Board Clears Final Environmental Hurdles to Advance Service into LA

LOS ANGELES – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors today unanimously approved the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the approximately 14-mile Burbank to Los Angeles project section. This action clears the way for full California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) clearance of nearly 300 miles of the high-speed rail project’s 500-mile Phase 1 alignment from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim.

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January 6, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: Authority Meets Federal Grant Match Requirement a Year Ahead of Schedule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has accepted and approved the remaining California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) state funding match to federal dollars. Today’s action completes a major component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding grant, a year ahead of schedule.

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December 16, 2021

VIDEO RELEASE: 2021 Year in Review Special

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has released a 30-minute 2021 Year in Review special reviewing the year’s progress and highlighting the work that has brought the Authority one step closer toward delivering the nation’s first clean, electrified high-speed rail system.

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