High-Speed Rail at a Glance

Southern California

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) continues its work in partnership with agencies, corridor cities, interested stakeholders and the public to bring the nation’s first high‑speed rail to Southern California.

Southern California has 4 of the 10 largest cities in the state, which will be connected by high-speed rail

High-speed rail is the backbone connecting regional transportation systems within the state. In the near term, activities are underway that will significantly expand the region’s mobility and provide improved transportation choices for the more than 23 million people that call Southern California home. $1.3 billion of Proposition 1A funds and other Authority funding are supporting investments in Southern California, including $441 million towards the Link Union Station project and $76.7 million to the Rosecranz/Marquardt Grade Separation Project.


  • In 2017, more than 47 million visitors came to Los Angeles County, spending an all-time high of $21.9 billion in the region.
  • Tourism-related spending in Orange County from 49 million visitors totaled $12.5 billion in 2017.

Traffic [1]

Los Angeles is the most gridlocked city in the world.
Los Angeles commuters lose 102 hours to congestion every year. (That’s 4.25 days!)
Southern California workers spend an average of 53.7 minutes commuting each day.

Sections & Stations

Explore below for details on high-speed rail project sections and current station planning and development in Southern California. The Authority continues to work with local partners to develop station area plans based around proposed high‑speed rail centers.

Get The Facts

Myth: High-speed rail hasn’t started in Southern California


Xpresswest are moving forward with early funding to start work on a 130-mile high-speed train connecting Las Vegas with Southern California. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) entered an MOU with Xpresswest to coordinate on system interoperability, design and materials whenever possible. Meanwhile, environmental clearance continues of the San Francisco to LA/Anaheim line in Southern California and the Authority advances bookend and connectivity projects with partners including LA Metro and SANDAG.

Myth: High-speed rail stations aren’t planned in Southern California.


Phase 1 stations are planned for Palmdale, in Burbank as part of the Hollywood/Burbank Airport area, at Los Angeles Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and as part of the ARTIC station near Disneyland in Anaheim. The Authority has invested $423 million in making the Link Union Station Project in Los Angeles a reality.

Myth: High-speed rail trains won’t connect with airports.


The Hollywood Burbank Airport currently has plane to train connectivity and a high-speed rail platform is planned near the terminal. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will have plane to train connectivity when a Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) and Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) project now under construction is complete and brings air travel passengers from LAX to Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) where they will have access to passenger rail service on Metro, Metrolink and Amtrak trains, and in the future, high-speed rail.

Myth: High-speed rail isn’t bringing jobs to Southern California.


Jobs from the California High-Speed Rail Project, such as planning, engineering, outreach and administration, already exist in Southern California and, in the future, construction jobs will be added as various project sections begin construction.

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