The California High-Speed Rail Project
The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state and contribute to economic development and job creation. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.
The Los Angeles to Anaheim section connects Los Angeles Union Station to ARTIC in Anaheim. This proposed 30 mile corridor includes one additional station stop between these two major destination stations. This section shares the existing Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor. The LOSSAN Corridor is currently used by BNSF, Metrolink and Amtrak rail services and is the second most heavily traveled passenger rail corridor in the nation.
As part of the Statewide Rail Modernization plan, Senate Bill (SB) 1029 enables $1 billion to be directed to early action projects that improve the regional rail network and facilitate high-speed rail travel to Southern California. Projects will be selected by local transit agencies, in conjunction with the High-Speed Rail Authority.
SB 1029 also directed connectivity funds to several other key regional project and initiatives including:
$89 million to support the purchase of new Metrolink locomotives
$40 million to support completion of Positive Train Control (PTC) for the Metrolink System.
High-speed rail construction will create 20,000 jobs annually over the first five years of construction and 66,000 jobs annually over the first 15 years of construction.
In September 2012, Michelle Boehm was appointed as the Authority’s Southern California Regional Director. Boehm oversees all project development activities and provides outreach to Southern California stakeholders to help foster awareness about the project.