Historically, the Central Valley's economy has lagged behind the rest of the state. Now, investment in high-speed rail is helping to close the gap.
The Central Valley Basin doesn't meet current clean-air objectives.
Home to nearly seven million people, the Central Valley is one of the fastest growing regions in the state.
Explore below for details on high-speed rail stations and construction packages in the Central Valley. Three design-build construction contracts for the Central Valley segment of the high-speed rail system have been executed by the Authority.
The Merced to Fresno project section is part of the first phase of the California high-speed rail system connecting the communities of Merced, Madera and Fresno to the rest of the State.
The approximately 65-mile project section will provide essential connections between the Central Valley and the Silicon Valley with stations in downtown Fresno and downtown Merced. These station locations will help provide new economic opportunities in these downtown areas and provide easy connections to local and regional businesses and academic institutions.
The Central Valley Wye, located near the City of Chowchilla, will serve as the junction for the high-speed rail system connecting San Jose to Fresno, San Jose to Merced, and Merced to Fresno. These connections allow travelers to reach destinations in the direction of San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. The Central Valley Wye is located in the Merced to Fresno Project Section.
The Fresno to Bakersfield project section is part of the first phase of the California high-speed rail system connecting the cities of Fresno and Bakersfield to the rest of the state.
The approximately 114-mile project section will provide essential connections between the Central Valley, the Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles Basin with stations in downtown Fresno and downtown Bakersfield. These station locations will help provide new economic opportunities in these downtown areas and provide easy connections to local and regional businesses and academic institutions.
The Locally Generated Alternative is located between the cities of Shafter and Bakersfield in the Central Valley and has been developed in cooperation with the City of Bakersfield, the City of Shafter, and Kern County. It is approximately 23 miles long, includes a station option located at F Street and Golden State Avenue (State Route 204) and parallels existing railroad corridors within the Fresno to Bakersfield project section.
Design-builder: Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons
Design-builder: Dragados-Flatiron Joint Venture
Design-builder: California Rail Builders