High-Speed Rail Business Plans

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is required by Public Utilities Code 185033 to prepare, publish, adopt and submit a business plan to the California Legislature every two years.  The Authority’s business plan is an overarching policy document used to inform the Legislature, the public, and stakeholders of the project’s implementation, and assist the Legislature in making policy decisions regarding the project.

The business plan must include the following items:

  • The type of service the Authority anticipates it will develop;
  • A description of system benefits;
  • Project milestones;
  • Forecasts of ridership levels, operation and maintenance costs and capital costs;
  • Estimate of anticipated funding sources.

The first business plan was issued in 2000 keeping with the mandate identified in Chapter 796 of the Statutes of 1996 (Senate Bill 1420, Kopp and Costa).

Since then the Authority adopted and submitted a business plan in 2008 and 2012.

The Authority released the Draft 2014 Business Plan on February 7, 2014.