CHSRA releases final environmental studies for California high-speed rail
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) in the United States has published the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIR/EIS) for a high-speed train in Northern California.
This involves the section of the San Jose to Merced project which will span approximately 144.84 km.
The final document for approval will be reviewed by the CHSRA Board of Directors at its two-day meeting in April.
Proposed approval of the preferred alternate route will also be considered.
Once sanctioned, this section of the project will be “ready to start” following the availability of pre-construction and construction funding.
CHSRA CEO Brian Kelly said, “This environmental document is the culmination of years of analysis and stakeholder engagement and an important step in advancing high-speed rail between Silicon Valley and the Central Valley.
“Connecting these two great economic regions will change the way people move across the state and promote more equitable employment and housing opportunities.”
The San Jose to Merced section of the project will span through or near the cities of Santa Clara, San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Los Banos, connecting Silicon Valley and the Central Valley.
Meanwhile, the proposed preferred alternate alignment will cover the upgrading of existing railroad tracks between San Jose and Gilro.
It will also include the establishment of a new high-speed rail route with over 24.14 km of tunnels through Pacheco Pass in the Diablo Range.
This segment of the statewide high-speed rail system will connect regions of California via rail and public transit, while reducing travel times.
The proposed preferred alternative for the San Jose to Merced section of the project includes high-speed rail stations at San Jose Diridon Station and downtown Gilroy.
The existing rail corridor from San Jose to Gilroy will also be electrified and upgraded, allowing both high-speed rail and electrified Caltrain service to cover southern San Jose and southern Santa Clara County.
Last year in August, the CHSRA sanctioned the final EIR/EIS for a 128.74 km alignment segment from the Bakersfield project to Palmdale.