San José to Merced

The San José to Merced project section of the California high-speed rail system will provide a critical rail link between Silicon Valley and the Central Valley. The project section runs from the city of Santa Clara, through San José at Diridon Station to Gilroy, across the Pacheco Pass, and including the Central Valley Wye extending north to Merced and south to Fresno.

The San José to Merced project section overlaps with the San Francisco to San José project section to the north and the Central Valley Wye project section to the east. This route will run from the city of Santa Clara, through Diridon Station in downtown San José to Gilroy, across the Pacheco Pass, to the western limits of the Central Valley Wye, approximately nine miles northeast of Los Banos in Merced County. The Authority Board of Directors adopted the Final EIR/EIS in April 2022, selecting a preferred alignment that will modernize and electrify the existing rail corridor between San Jose and Gilroy, allowing for both electrified high-speed rail and Caltrain service. East of Gilroy, the alignment includes more than 15 miles of tunnels through the Pacheco Pass in the Diablo Mountain Range.

 

 

SECTION DETAILS

What's New

On April 28, 2022, the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) Board of Directors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) and approved the San Jose to Merced project section in Northern California. This action completes the environmental clearance for nearly 400 miles of the high-speed rail project’s 500-mile Phase 1 alignment from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim. 

The Board’s actions mark their first certification of an environmental document in the Northern California region and the first in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The Final EIR/EIS can be found on the Authority’s website: View the project section environmental documents.

Throughout the process, Authority staff will continue to engage stakeholders and communities along the corridor.

Public Involvement & Community Outreach

The Authority encourages public engagement to advance California high-speed rail in Northern California so that the final project reflects the needs and vision of our community as a whole.

We conduct outreach events including Open Houses, Community Working Groups, and attending regional events throughout Northern California to inform and gather input from local communities, policymakers, and stakeholders. Stakeholders include environmental justice groups, community organizations, city/county staff, neighborhood groups, and California residents.

For more detailed information, factsheets, and visualizations of project elements please visit MeetHSRNorcal.org.

Please visit the Events page for a listing of upcoming events and outreach opportunities in your area.

Events Archive:

March 2022

October 2021

March 2021

November 2020

 May 2020

  • Draft EIR/EIS Open House Q&A Webinars on MeetHSRNorcal.org – 05/11, 05/14, 05/18
  • Draft EIR/EIS Public Hearing – 05/27

March 2020

August 2019

July 2019

Due to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, meeting materials prior to July 2019 can be requested through a Public Records Act request.

High-Speed Rail Stations

High-speed rail stations are planned for three locations in the San José to Merced Project Section: San José Diridon Station, Gilroy, and Merced. For more information about individual planned rail stations, please visit the station communities web pages:

Maps

Visit the address lookup and interactive online map to find your property in relation to the project alternatives.

Newsletters & Factsheets

Newsletter

The Authority releases quarterly regional newsletters to keep stakeholders and the public up to date on the high-speed rail program. To sign up for the newsletter, complete the form on the Contact Us page and select “Northern California” from the dropdown menu. View the most recent Northern California Regional Newsletter.

Factsheets

Visit the Factsheets page to learn more about California High-Speed Rail and to view the Authority’s factsheets. To learn more about the San José to Merced Project Section, please see the following factsheets.

Environmental Review

Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State of California and the federal government both require a proposed infrastructure project to undergo an extensive assessment of the project’s potential impacts on the environment. Below are steps the Authority is taking to deliver the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS).

environmental process diagram

Documents & Reports

Please visit the links below to view the latest project section and California High Speed-Rail reports. Project Section documents & reports:

Statewide documents & reports:

The documents are available for review upon request. The Authority encourages written requests submitted via our Public Records Portal.

Contact Information

If you are interested in inviting the Authority to your community meeting to receive a project update, the team would be happy to coordinate with you. (800) 455-8166 san.jose_merced@hsr.ca.gov Visit the Contact Us page to sign up for e-mail alerts and for additional contact information.

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