High speed rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and operating the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail 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, high-speed rail trains are proposed to travel at speeds up to 110 mph with up to four trains per hour. The high-speed rail 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.

On August 18, 2022, the California High Speed Rail Authority approved the Final Environmental Impact Report for the San Francisco to San Jose section and adopted Alternative A that proposed no additional passing tracks throughout the project section as the preferred alternative.

The construction of the Central Valley segment of HSR is anticipated to be ready for testing in 2025 and early service beginning 2026-2027. More information about the project can be found on the High Speed Authority webpage.

Contact us

Hugh Louch
Assistant Public Works Director - Transportation