Work on state's high-speed rail project rolls on

High Speed Rail
Mark Jones

MTC Executive Director Andrew Fremier and staff recently took a tour of California's growing high-speed rail project, which seeks to connect Central Valley communities before ultimately linking San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

The Los Angeles Times recently wrote about the project and its benefits for the Valley as work continues across Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties. Once that segment is done, plans call for work to extend the system to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

The Bay Area's project section will travel between stations at 4th and King in San Francisco, Millbrae-SFO (near the San Francisco International Airport), and San José (Diridon Station) with the construction of a light maintenance facility on the east side of the Caltrain corridor in Brisbane, and improvements for safety and speed to allow for operations for speeds up to 110mph.

Per the requirements of Senate Bill (SB) 1029 and regional multi-agency agreements, high-speed rail along the San Francisco to San José corridor will be a blended service with Caltrain and high-speed rail service sharing tracks. Working together, Caltrain and the High-Speed Rail Authority are electrifying the corridor, which will allow for both operators to share tracks. 

The service will ultimately run to the Salesforce Transit Center once it is connected to the existing rail corridor, replacing Caltrain’s 4th and King Station as the northern terminus for high-speed rail trains.

The San Francisco to San Jose Final EIR/EIS has been certified and moves the project section closer to being “shovel ready” when funding for final design, pre-construction and construction becomes available. The Final EIR/EIS can be found on the Authority’s website here.

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