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 San José (Diridon Station) to Gilroy, then (after passing through the Central Valley Wye) north to Merced or south to Fresno.
This route will run from Diridon Station in downtown San José, through the Pacheco Pass, to the western limits of the Central Valley Wye, approximately nine miles northeast of Los Banos in Merced County.
The Authority is working to environmentally clear the section between San José and the Central Valley Wye. Options range from a new dedicated high-speed rail corridor between San José and Gilroy to a shared corridor with electrified Caltrain service using the existing rail corridor.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) released, for public review and comment under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Draft and Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statements (Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS) for the San José to Merced Section of the California High-Speed Rail Project.
The public review period for these documents has ended. Authority staff will provide written responses to all comments received, which will be published in the Final EIR/EIS scheduled for release in 2022. View the project section environmental documents.
Public Involvement & Community Outreach
High-speed rail is our opportunity to modernize the Bay Area’s transportation system and leave a positive environmental legacy for our children and grandchildren. The Authority encourages public engagement in California high-speed rail construction and operations, so that the final project reflects the needs and vision of our community as a whole.
We conduct outreach events throughout Northern California, such as Open Houses and Community Working Group meetings, 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.
Below is a list of open houses and working group meetings conducted since the fall of 2019. For a listing of upcoming events and outreach opportunities in your area, visit the Events page. Meeting materials prior to June 2019 can be requested through a Public Records Act request.
- Draft EIR/EIS Open House Q&A Webinars on MeetHSRNorcal.org – 05/11, 05/14, 05/18
- Draft EIR/EIS Public Hearing – 05/27
- Spring Community Working Group Meetings
- Morgan Hill-Gilroy – 03/09
- San José – 03/11
- Preferred Alternative Open Houses:
- San José – 8/15
- Los Banos – 8/21
- Gilroy – 8/22
High-Speed Rail Stations
Newsletters & Factsheets
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.
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.
Documents & Reports
- San José to Merced Project Section Supplemental Alternatives Analysis
- San José to Merced Project Section Alternative Analysis
- San José to Merced Project Section Scoping Report
- San José to Merced Project Section Notice of Intent/Notice of Preparation
Please visit the links below to view the latest project section and California High Speed-Rail reports.
- San José to Merced Project Section Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement
- San José to Merced Project Section Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement
- Sustainability Report
- Project Update Reports
- High-Speed Rail Business Plans
- San Francisco to San José
- San José to Merced
- Merced to Sacramento
- Merced to Fresno
- Merced to Fresno – Central Valley Wye
- Fresno to Bakersfield
- Fresno to Bakersfield – Locally Generated Alternative
- Bakersfield to Palmdale
- Palmdale to Burbank
- Burbank to Los Angeles
- Los Angeles to Anaheim
- Los Angeles to San Diego
PROJECT SECTION ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS
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