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. Click here to see CHSRA’s February 2018 Construction Update.
CHSRA names a new CEO and Chief Deputy Director. Click here to read all about it. Click here to read an interview by the New York Times with the new CEO. Click here to read a CSHRA news release about new executives visiting construction sites.
Want to know how high-speed rail is progressing? HSR launched its new interactive website for providing quick and easy access to information about construction in the Central Valley. Click here to view the website and to see more photos of the various HSR projects.
Click here to read a blog by Will Oliver from Fresno EDC regarding Modern Custom Fabrication’s Nods to the Past, Plans for the Future.
Click here to watch “2017 High-Speed Rail in Review.”
- 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 released a February 2018 update to the San Francisco to San Jose Segment. 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. CHSRA released a February 2018 update to the San Jose to Merced Segment. Click here to view. Click here to view the “San Jose to Merced Timeline” video.
- 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 the environmental documents for this section. HSR launched a new interactive website focused on construction activities. Click here to view.
- 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. 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. Click here for more 99 Realignment information from CHSRA.
- 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.
- Tulare/Shafter 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. CHSRA released the Draft Supplemental Environmental Document for Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section. Click here to see CHSRA’s news release. Click here to view the full contents of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Statement. Click here to read CHSRA’s Summer 2016 “Fresno to Bakersfield Locally Generated Alternative.”
- Bakersfield to Palmdale: CHSRA has been active in the planning and environmental processes for the last several years. CHSRA 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 the near future. Click here to see CHSRA’s Bakersfield to Palmdale project section update for January 2018.
- 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. CHSRA posted a January 2018 update for the Palmdale to Burbank segment. Click here to view.
- 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. Click here to see CHSRA’s January 2018 project update for the Burbank to Los Angeles segment.
- Los Angeles to Anaheim: CHSRA is still in the preliminary environmental study process but expects draft environmental documents to be available in the near future. 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. Click here to see CHSRA’s January 2018 project update for the Los Angeles to Anaheim segment.
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