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.

The focus of the San José to Merced project section is the area between San José and the Central Valley Wye. The Central Valley Wye is being developed as part of the Merced to Fresno project section.

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.

SECTION DETAILS

What's New

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.

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

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:

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 schedule for Northern California

Documents & Reports

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

  • 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.

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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