High speed rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operating the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail (HSR) is proposed to run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of exceeding 200 miles per hour. The system is planned to eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. Within the San Francisco to San Jose section, HSR trains are proposed to travel at speeds up to 110 mph with up to four trains per hour. The HSR system will use the Caltrain alignment from San Jose to San Francisco under a blended system concept.
  

Current activities


The 2018 Business Plan was released in June 2018. This document provides the community with the program’s status and the Authority’s approach to implementing the system.

There are currently two alternatives under consideration for the San Francisco to San Jose section, Alternative A that proposes no additional passing tracks throughout the project section and Alternative B that proposes additional passing tracks from San Mateo to Redwood City. Selection of a preferred alternative is anticipated by the end of 2019. The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement is expected to be released in spring 2020.

Work to further define and environmentally clear the addition of high-speed rail to the Caltrain corridor from 4th and King streets in San Francisco to Diridon Station in San Jose is currently underway and is scheduled to be completed in 2021. Community engagement activities will continue throughout the process. Open Houses are planned for fall 2019, spring 2020 and spring 2021. A Community Working Group to represent San Mateo County has been formed and one meeting was held in October 2018 that included a presentation by the project team. Additional meetings are planned for winter, spring and fall 2019; and spring 2020.

The construction of the Central Valley segment of HSR is anticipated to be complete in 2022, with testing occurring through 2025 and early service beginning 2026-2027. More information about the project can be found on the Authority’s webpage.

Past Activities

Date Activity
 February 4, 2015 Response to Caltrain regarding Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project. Letter
 January 28, 2015 Request to Enter Into Sixty (60) Day Tolling Agreement to Extend Time for Filling of CEQA Challenge to Approval of Final Environmental Impact Report. Caltrain Letter
January 13, 2014 Menlo Park's City Council considered potential modifications to its Rail Policy Statement to allow for potential future construction of a third, at-grade passing track through the City. No changes were made.  
July 26, 2012
Menlo Park’s High Speed Rail legislative advocate, Ravi Mehta, presented a High Speed Rail update at the City Council meeting.
April 12, 2012  The California High Speed Rail Authority Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among and between MTC, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the city of San Jose, the City and County of San Francisco, and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority to pursue a "Blended System" between Caltrain and HSR along the San Francisco to San Jose segment.
August 30, 2010
City Council High Speed Rail Subcommittee held its first meeting.
June 22, 2010
The City Council approved a comment letter on the High Speed Rail Alternatives Analysis report.
June 1, 2010
A Community Workshop on High Speed Rail was held. The purpose of the workshop was to help inform the Menlo Park City Council on the community’s preference for alignment alternatives (alternatives to be considered include trench, tunnel, elevated, or at-grade). Council will consider this community input as part of their communication to High Speed Rail about which alternatives to include when they prepare the draft Environmental Impact Report.
April 20, 2010
The City Council considered a draft letter commenting on the revised Program Level Environmental Documents for the Central Valley to Bay Area segment of the High Speed Rail. The Council provided comments and direction for the mayor to finalize the letter.
February 19, 2010
A community meeting was held to seek input on the High Speed Rail Alternative Analysis.
October 3, 2009
The Peninsula Cities Consortium held a design workshop related to High Speed Rail in Palo Alto.
September 12, 2009
The Peninsula Cities Consortium held a High Speed Rail Teach-In to provide an opportunity to learn more about the proposed California High Speed Rail Project.
June 29, 2009
The High Speed Rail Authority released the Draft Scoping Report for the Project-Level EIR for the San Jose to San Francisco segment of the train. The report can be found on the High Speed Rail Authority's website.
April 21, 2009
The City Council considered and approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form the Peninsula Cities Consortium with other cities along the peninsula to interact with High Speed Rail.
February 24, 2009
The City Council considered a draft letter commenting on the scope of the Project Level Environmental Documents for the project. The council provided comments and direction to bring the letter back with revisions. The letter would be brought back to City Council in late March. Also, the council considered the mission statement for the High Speed Rail Subcommittee created by City Council. The council provided comments and direction to bring the mission statement back with revisions. The mission statement would be brought back to Council in late March also.

The High Speed Rail Authority provided a response to the city's comments on the Program Level (overview) Environmental Documents.
February 23, 2009
The High Speed Rail Authority extended the comment due date to April 6, 2009.
January 26, 2009
The High Speed Rail Authority is in the process of preparing the required environmental documents and analyses for the project. The first step is to determine the scope of review and items to include in the environmental documents and studies. The High Speed Rail Authority is seeking input on the scope of the environmental review, and comments are due by March 6, 2009. Further information on public meetings and ways to provide comments to the authority on the project can be found at the California High Speed Rail website.
November 4, 2008
Proposition 1A was approved by the voters of California, which provides bond financing in the amount of $9.95 billion for the project.