CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL WILL fundamentally transform how people move around the state, spur economic growth, create a cleaner environment, and preserve agricultural lands and natural habitat – and it has already created thousands of good-paying jobs.

Objectives & Strategy

Our Objectives

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is working toward three fundamental objectives:

  1. Initiate high-speed rail passenger service as soon as possible.
  2. Make strategic, concurrent transportation investments that will link over time and provide mobility, economic and environmental benefits at the earliest possible time.
  3. Position ourselves to construct additional segments as funding becomes available.

Our Priorities

Our implementation and delivery strategy reflects the three principles that guide our decisions and reiterates our intent to focus on these priorities:

  • Complete construction of the 119-mile Central Valley Segment and lay track to fulfill our federal grant agreements with the Federal Railroad Administration.
  • Meet our federal commitment to environmentally clear the entire 500-mile system between San Francisco and Los Angeles/Anaheim.
  • Advance construction on the “bookend” projects that we have committed funding to in the Los Angeles Basin and the Bay Area.
  • Commence testing of the electrified high-speed system in 2025, certify trains by 2027, and put electrified high-speed trains in service by the end of the decade.
  • Expand the 119-mile segment in the Central Valley to develop 171 miles of electrified high-speed rail service by advancing design, funding preconstruction work and constructing extensions to Merced and Bakersfield.
  • Advance project design in each segment, including the four Southern California segments and the two Northern California segments, as each segment is environmentally  cleared.
  • Pursue federal and private funds prospectively to “close the gaps” and expand electrified high-speed rail service to the Bay Area and Los Angeles/Anaheim.

Facts & Figures

INVESTING IN CALIFORNIA’S FUTURE

Recycling Construction Waste 

icons of recycling trucks, 97% green 3% blue

green box Total Recycled: 97% (183,290 Tons) blue box Total Landfilled: 3% (4,973 Tons)

Economic Impacts of California High-Speed Rail
(July 2006 to June 2020)

icon of men in hardhats looking at document 54,300 – 60,400 Job-Years of Employment
icon of man on stool putting coin in piggy bank $3.9B – $4.4B Labor Income
icon of man standing on stool in front of chart $10.5B – $11.4B Economic Output
Phase 1 High-Speed Rail Cost Compared to Highway/Airport Cost
Cost of building infrastructure capacity to move 7,500 people per direction per hour
(Source: 2019 Equivalent Capacity Analysis Report)

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High-Speed Rail Highway/Airport

Phase 1 High-Speed Rail Cost Compared to Highway/Airport Cost text description of the bar chart

Overview

The chart compares the dollar cost (in billions) for building the infrastructure capacity to move 7,500 people per direction per hour, which requires a range of $63 to $98 billion for high-speed rail, compared to $122 to $199 billion for highways and airports.

Values

Numerical values presented on the image: Phase 1 High-Speed Rail Cost Compared to Highway/Airport Cost (in billions of dollars)

CorridorHigh-Speed RailCarPassenger Rail
Bakersfield to Merced1.42.752.85
Bakersfield to Fresno.71.51.8
Fresno to Merced.5.9.75

Stimulate Economic Growth across the state – with construction jobs now and maintenance and operation jobs to come.

The Numbers:

  • More than 600 Small Businesses engaged in the high-speed rail project
  • More than 5,500 jobs created
  • More than 440 disadvantaged workers dispatched to construction sites.
  • 197 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
  • 68 Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises
  • 129 Small Businesses located in disadvantaged communities
  • 55% of project expenditures have taken place in disadvantaged communities

Small Businesses

600+

Construction Jobs Created

5,500+

Disadvantaged Workers Dispatched to Construction Sites

440+

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

197

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises

68

Small Businesses Located in Disadvantaged Communities

129

Project Expenditures in Disadvantaged Communities

55%

Phased High-Speed Rail System Implementation

California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. The Phase 1 system will connect San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin via the Central Valley in under three hours on trains capable of exceeding more than 200 miles per hour. Phase 2 will extend to Sacramento and San Diego.

Interactive Maps

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Map of California with each phase of construction highlighted.

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Overview

The map shows the phased implementation of the California High-Speed Rail system. The 520 mile Phase 1 system involves segments between the following cities: San Francisco, San José, Gilroy, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings/Tulare, Bakersfield, Palmdale, Burbank, Los Angeles, and Anaheim. Phase 2 will include segments which include Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego.

The segment travelling between Merced, Fresno, and Bakersfield are highlighted and a Valley to Valley segment from San Francisco and San Jose to the Central Valley are also highlighed.

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