California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority releases final environmental studies for San Francisco-San Jose section

The California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority has shared its final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the San Francisco to San Jose section of its high-speed rail project.

Artist’s rendering of a train for the California High Speed ​​Rail Project

This report includes an analysis of the alternatives, including the impacts and effects and the proposed mitigation measures to reduce the environmental impacts and effects.

Also included are public comments on draft and revised reports, as well as responses and revisions made.

If the final EIR/EIS is approved by the authority’s board on Aug. 17-18, the 43-mile stretch and its preferred alternative between San Francisco and Scott Boulevard in Santa Clara will receive full environmental clearance.

This will allow it to become “ready to start” once construction financing becomes available.

As part of the two high-speed rail project construction alternatives to be considered, a temporary rail station is planned at 4th and King streets in San Francisco – until the connection to the Salesforce Transit Center is established – as well as a train station in Millbrae that offers a direct BART connection to San Francisco International Airport.

Both Caltrain stations would undergo modifications to accommodate high-speed trains, including changes to existing tracks and platforms.

The two alternatives include constructing a light maintenance facility, straightening tracks to improve travel times, and installing rail corridor safety improvements.

The preferred alternative includes a light maintenance facility in East Brisbane and excludes the additional passing lanes proposed in the alternative construction.

California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly said:

“We are making real progress towards obtaining full environmental clearance for the entire Phase 1 high-speed rail project.

“With 380 miles from the Bay Area to northern Los Angeles County already completed, today’s post brings us to San Francisco and nearly 423 miles to clean up for the environment.

“We look forward to Board review of this document in August.”

The California high-speed rail project is currently under construction for 119 miles in the state’s Central Valley.

In May, the authority applied for $1.3 billion in federal grants to help fund its plan to build the first 220 mph electrified high-speed rail system in the United States. United.

In the same month, three former U.S. Secretaries of Transportation, along with several unions, organizations and businesses signed a letter urging leaders of the California State Senate and Assembly to approve a 4.2 bond financing billion dollars (3.93 billion euros).

Jose P. Rogers