California approves high-speed rail link between Central Valley and Bay Area. Here’s what it means for housing, jobs
Plans for a high-speed rail line that could speed up commuters between the Central Valley and Silicon Valley – linking the low-income region and its affordable housing to better-paying tech jobs on the coast – have come a long way forward this week as rail authorities signed off on the 90-mile extension.
The High Speed Rail Authority’s board of directors unanimously approved plans and environmental clearance for the segment between San Jose and Merced on Thursday. Now the agency estimates that the line will be in service in 2031, although the project has faced repeated delays and cost overruns.