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Addressing the Issues

Curbing Air Traffic Congestion

  • SFO to LAX is the busiest short-haul market in the nation
  • 1 in 5 flights out of the Bay Area is headed to the Los Angeles Area


  • San Francisco ranks as the third-worst congested city in the world
  • San Francisco drivers averaged 79 hours sitting in traffic during peak hours every year
  • Traffic jams cost drivers $2,250 and the City of San Francisco $10.6 billion in 2017

Access to More Affordable Housing

  • The average home price in the San Francisco Metro Area is now more than $900,000
  • The average home price in Fresno County is approximately $240,000
  • High-speed rail can allow the Silicon Valley to continue to flourish by relieving some of the housing pressure by reducing travel times to the Central Valley.

Sections & Stations

In September 2019, the Board of Directors identified the Preferred Alternatives for the San Francisco to San José and San José to Merced project sections. Within the next two years, environmental clearance will be complete, setting the stage for pre-construction activities to begin.

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


  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Station
Gilroy Station Merced Fresno Hollywood Burbank Airport Salesforce Transit Center Palmdale Transportation Center (PTC) Los Angeles Union Station Anaheim (ARTIC) Kings/Tulare San Diego M odes t o Bakersfield Station Madera Stockton Sacramento Millbrae-SFO Diridon Station Norwalk/Santa Fe Fullerton 4th & King

Get the Facts

Want More Information?

Find more information about high-speed rail in California. From factsheets and regional newsletters, to maps and outreach events, get on board with the most up‑to‑date program information.

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As of 2018