The CHSRA has taken on the enormous task of attempting to connect northern California to southern California via a high-speed light rail system. The project has been divided up in sections given the funding and construction sources and timelines. Each section is moving through these processes at a different pace. CHSRA created a new interactive map which highlights the high speed rail corridor, connectivity projects and station communities. Click here to view map.
- San Francisco to San Jose: CHSRA and the Federal Railroad Administration released the final Scoping Report for this section. Click here to view CHSRA’s Fact Sheet: San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Overview.
- San Jose to Merced: CHSRA has initiated the environmental review process for this project section. Click here to view CHSRA’s Fact Sheet: San Jose to Merced Project Section Overview.
- Merced to Fresno: This section of the project received environmental clearance in or about September 2012. CHSRA is currently undergoing construction of this phase. Click here to view CHSRA’s Construction Package One overview . Click here to view the environmental documents for this section.
- Merced to Fresno: Central Valley Wye: The Central Valley Wye will serve as the junction for the system to head west to the Bay Area, north to Merced and Sacramento and south to Fresno. This is part of the Merced to Fresno segment though parts of the Central Valley Wye alignments have been significantly refined and improved and will be reevaluated and reanalyzed in an environmental document that will supplement the 2012 Merced to Fresno approved document. It is reported that CHSRA’s staff says its preliminary assessment suggests that the Road 11/Highway 152 route “strikes the best balance among the project objectives, environmental impacts to natural resources and community concerns, and stakeholder input.” CHSRA will identify preferred alternative in Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS to be published in Spring 2017. Click here to view recent news article. Click here to view CHSRA’s Fact Sheet re: “Merced to Fresno Project Section: Central Valley Wye.
- SR-99 Realignment Project: Portions of SR-99 located within the construction package 1 limits will need to be realigned to accommodate the high speed rail. CHSRA is in the acquisition and construction phase of this segment. Click here to view CHSRA’s informational website regarding the SR-99 Realignment Project.
- Fresno to Tulare-Shafter/Bakersfield: This section of the project received environmental clearance in or about June 2014. CHSRA is in the process of acquiring properties. CHSRA has created a Summary of the Final EIR – Fresno to Bakersfield Section. Click here to take a look.
- Fresno to Bakersfield – Bakersfield Locally Generated Alternative: This section is a result of a partnership between CHSRA and the cities of Bakersfield and Shafter to refine the alignment through the region. CHSRA coordinated with the City of Bakersfield to refine a locally generated alternative. Click here to view map. Click here to review CHSRA’s newsletter regarding the Locally Generated Alternative. Draft environmental documents for this section expected this Summer.
- Bakersfield to Palmdale: CHSRA has been active in the planning and environmental processes for the last several years. CHSRA recently completed the Supplemental Alternatives Analysis (SAA) in which four alignment alternatives were recommended to be carried forward for full analysis in a draft Environmental Impact Report. CHSRA is expecting to release the draft environmental documents in 2017.
- Palmdale to Burbank: CHSRA has released a Supplemental Alternatives Analysis Report for this section dated April 2016. Click here to view. CHSRA released three animation videos showing possible routes for the Palmdale to Burbank section. Click here to view the videos. Click here to view CHSRA’s Palmdate to Burbank Project Section newsletter. All proposed alignments are still being considered.
- Burbank to Los Angeles: Still in the preliminary environmental study process. CHSRA proposed to generally follow the existing railroad right-of-way, adjacent to the L.A. River, through the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles to end up at Los Angeles Union Station. CHSRA posted a look at the proposed CHSRA alignment between Burbank and Los Angeles. Click here to view. CHSRA also posted “Burbank to Los Angeles Program Overview and Project Benefits.” Click here to view.
- Los Angeles to Anaheim: CHSRA is still in the preliminary environmental study process but expects draft environmental documents to be available in early 2017. CHSRA plans the 30-mile project section would use the existing Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor.
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