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. CEO of California High Speed Rail Authority Jeff Morales has decided to step down in early Summer 2017. Click here to see press release issued by CHSRA. Click here to view CHSRA’s Project Update Report to the California State Legislature.
- 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 Spring 2017 Section Overview. CHSRA posted “San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Range of Alternatives April 2017. Click here to view.
- 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 Spring 2017 Section Overview. CHSRA posted “San Jose to Merced Project Section Range of Alternatives April 2017. Click here to view.
- 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. Click here to view CHSRA’S April Construction Update.
- 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. CHSRA has identified the preferred alternative as SR 152 North and Road 11. The identification of the preferred alternative does not indicate a final route decision but is the one that preliminary studies show has the least impact on natural and community resources. Staff will return to the Board with the final environmental document and request for the final route. The Merced to Fresno Central Valley Wye Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS is expected to be released for public review and comment in Summary 2017. 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. Click here to view CHSRA’s informational website regarding the SR-99 Realignment Project including a construction update for April 2017.
- 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 CHSRA video of the locally generated alternative alignment from Shafter to Bakersfield. Click here to review CHSRA’s newsletter regarding the Locally Generated Alternative. Draft environmental documents for this section are 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. Click here to see CHSRA’s Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section flyer. Click here to view CHSRA’s Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section Overview – Winter 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. Click here to view CHSRA’s Geotechnical Investigations in the Angeles National Forest.
- 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. Click here to view CHSRA’s “Los Angeles to Anaheim Project Section Animation” which was shown at the April 2017 Community Open House Meetings. Click here to view CHSRA’s “Los Angeles to Anaheim Program Overview & Project Benefits.
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