California Corridor

  • The California Corridor consists of three segments:
    • Capitol Corridor (Sacramento – San Jose)
    • San Joaquin Corridor (Sacramento/Oakland – Bakersfield)
    • Pacific Surfliner Corridor (San Luis Obispo – Los Angeles – San Diego)
  • There are nine sections:
    • San Francisco-San Jose, San Jose-Merced, Merced-Fresno, Fresno-Bakersfield, Bakersfield-Palmdale, Palmdale-Los Angeles, Los Angeles-Anaheim, Los Angeles-San Diego and Sacramento-Merced
  • Approximately 800 miles of new track, 880 miles of upgraded track and an estimated 275 miles are planned.
  • Over 5.5 million people per year now ride on California’s three intercity corridors.
  • Phase I calls for a 520-mile system connecting Anaheim and Los Angeles through the Central Valley to San Francisco by 2020
  • Phase II would extend the system north to Sacramento and south to San Diego by 2026.
  • Trains will reach speeds of 220mph.
  • California program-level review began in 2002 and was completed in 2005.
  • The project-level EIS began in 2007 and will lead to decisions on specific track alignments and station locations in each of the nine sections:
  • In August 2010, the Revised Draft Program Environmental Impact Report Material was circulated to comply with the final judgment in the Town of Atherton litigation on the 2008 Bay Area to Central Valley High-Speed Train Final Program EIR/EIS.
  • On September 2, 2010, the Authority certified the Revised Final Program EIR and adopted Resolution 11-12, approving the Pacheco Pass Network Alternative serving San Francisco via San Jose.
  • The San Francisco to San Jose Section team is currently preparing the Draft EIR/EIS for projected release and public comment in fall 2012.
  • All sections have completed scoping, have either completed the alternatives analysis or have it underway, and target dates for state and federal certification of the final EIR for all Phase 1 sections range from 09/11  – 10/12.



  • The CA system is estimated to cost $40B of which federal government is to provide 25% to 33% of construction costs, plus state-matching funds and another $4.5–$7b will be generated through P3 funding.
  • Initial funding for the project was approved by California voters on Nov 4, 2008, with the passage of Proposition 1A authorizing the issuance of $9.95B in general obligation bonds for the project
  • January 2010, CA received ARRA award of $1.85B and state match (50%) of $1.85B totaling $3.7B.
  • October 2010 FY10 HSIPR funding award of $715M and state match (30%) of $306M equaling $1.02B.
  • December 2010 re-allocation of OH and WI ARRA funding of $616M and state match (50%) of $616 million for a grand total of $1.234B.
  • May 2011, CA received redirected ARRA funds from FL of $300M plus state match (20%) = $375M.
  • Late June 2011, CHSRA received another $16M grant.
  • CHSRA has set aside $30M in ARRA funds for property acquisition and rail development in the L.A. area.
  • More than 1,100 expressions of interest flooded into the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s offices in Sacramento– from businesses ranging from self-employed entrepreneurs and small businesses to multinational corporations and large construction firms.
  • On August 3rd, 2011, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood gave California $85m for the purchase of 4 American-made locomotives and 15 bi-level rail cars.
  • On August 8th, 2011, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $179m to be given to California to continue building a passenger rail network with both high-speed and intercity service.
  • On August 12th, 2011, Caltrans received $55m from the Federal Railroad Administration for safety and capacity improvements to intercity passenger rail routes.



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