High-speed rail in California made significant progress this week.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Board of Directors approved four important milestones for the project, effecting every region along the line.

1. The San Jose to Merced Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

2. Modernization of Los Angeles Union Station

3. Design Process for Central Valley Stations

4. The 2022 Business Plan.

These are all important milestones in the effort to build the first high-speed rail network in the U.S, and we have more details.

Rendering of Pacheco Pass Tunnel Entrance

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What is needed to go fast?

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Making Shared-Use Work

Change Relationship between States, Amtrak and Railroads Unlike Europe and Asia, most of the rail infrastructure in the U.S. is privately owned. Amtrak and other publicly-owned passenger railroads must negotiate with privately-owned railroads for use of their lines....

Needed Policy Changes

Needed Policy Changes

Building high-speed rail with the Phased Network Approach requires that we change some of the long-standing policy assumptions that have hampered passenger rail in the United States. Today, high-speed rail and conventional passenger rail are seen as two separate...

What makes high-speed rail successful?

What makes high-speed rail successful?

High-speed trains dramatically shorten travel time between stations. This effectively expands the areas that each station can serve.Speed is just the first ingredient Taking a train makes more sense if the travel time is competitive with flying or driving. What...

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