Recovery and Transformation

2020 Business Plan

A Draft 2020 Business Plan was issued February 12, 2020, with an initial 60-day public comment period that was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic to June 1, 2020. Subsequently, final adoption was further extended to April 15, 2021.

A Revised Draft 2020 Business Plan was issued on February 9, 2021, including an additional 30-day comment period. The 2020 Business Plan was adopted by the Authority Board of Directors on Thursday, March 25, and submitted to the state legislature on Monday, April 12, 2021.

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(916) 324-1541

Message From the CEO

  • We adapted quickly to address the immediate circumstances associated with the pandemic
  • COVID-19 has impacted virtually every aspect of our organization and program, including our schedules and costs
  • We hit an all-time high of 1,208 daily workers dispatched to 35 open job sites in the Central Valley during November 2020, almost doubling the number of workers dispatched at the start of the pandemic
  • Our recent progress will culminate in significant milestones and actions by the Authority over the next 12-15 months

Letter from the CEO

“High-speed rail is much more than a train project. It’s about economic transformation and unlocking the enormous potential of the Valley.”

Governor Gavin Newsom


  • We are moving from yesterday to tomorrow’s electrified rail transportation future.
  • The first segment is under construction in the Central Valley, creating more than 5,000 good-paying labor jobs to date and visibly changing the landscape all along the 119-mile first construction segment.
  • Over the next two years, the 500-mile Phase 1 alignment from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim will be identified and environmental documents completed and will be ready for advanced design.
  • Current recommendations call for the first high-speed rail interim service to be operational between Merced and Bakersfield, creating the opportunity for riders to experience 220 mph, electrified high-speed rail in California.
  • The state match to the first federal grant agreement is complete and environmental work and construction continues using Proposition 1A and Cap-and-Trade funds.
  • COVID-19 impacts are being managed and mitigated, and risk assessments, costs and schedules are being updated.

Statewide economic benefits from investments through June 2020:

Job-years of employment: 54,300 - 60,400; Labor income: $3.9B - $4.4B; Economic output: $10.5B - $11.4B

609 Small Businesses Statewide

* As of December 31, 2020

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) State-match Status Update::

Pie chart depicting ARRA State-match status

ARRA State-match status text description of the pie chart


The chart describes the matching funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Currently, the Authority is fulfilling ARRA grant’s state match obligation under the tapered match provision. As of February 2021, nearly $2.5 billion, 100% percent of the total ARRA match required, have been recorded.


Numerical values presented on the image:

StatusDollar amount (in millions)Percentage of corresponding match
Pending FRA Approval$90936%
FRA Approved$1,59164%
Total - State Match Invoices Sent to FRA$2.5 billion100%

Where we are today

Caltrain Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

Electrification project trainThis 51-mile corridor is under construction representing the first phase of high-speed rail development in Northern California. The Authority has dedicated $714 million towards this construction.

Los Angeles Union Station

Los Angeles Union StationThe Authority is working with LA Metro on the development of this station and track upgrades. The Authority contributed $18 million towards the environmental review underway, and will complete this year a funding agreement for $423 million towards Phase A construction.

Construction Phases Map

Where We Are Today text description


This map shows current progress of high-speed rail in California, including 119 miles of high-speed rail under construction in the Central Valley, environmental documents completed in areas to the north and south of construction, environmental documents underway in the Bay Area and Los Angeles/Anaheim area, planned station locations, key station locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles, funded grade separation projects in the Bay Area and Los Angeles Basin, and 130 miles of high-speed rail between the Nevada border and Victorville.

Board of Directors

Thomas Richards, Chair
Nancy Miller, Vice Chair
Andre Boutros
Ernest M. Camacho
Martha M. Escutia
James C. Ghielmetti
Henry Perea
Lynn Schenk
Anthony Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Brian P. Kelly

Ex Officio Board Members

Honorable Dr. Joaquin Arambula
Honorable Jim Beall

California High-Speed Rail Authority

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Sacramento, CA 95814
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The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is required by Public Utilities Code Section 185033 to prepare, publish, adopt, and submit an updated Business Plan to the Legislature on May 1. Statute also dictates that, at least 60 days prior to submittal to the Legislature, the Authority must publish a draft Business Plan for public review and comment. Business plans are published in even-numbered years, and the next business plan will be issued in 2022.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the adoption of the final 2020 Business Plan was extended. The Revised Draft 2020 Business Plan was issued February 9, 2021, with an additional 30-day comment period through March 12, 2021. The 2020 Business Plan was adopted by the Authority Board of Directors on Thursday, March 25, and then submitted to the state legislature on Monday, April 12, 2021.

Business plans represent the status of the high-speed rail program at a point in time, and summarize the Authority’s approach to implementing the system. Business Plans include:

  • Summary of progress over last two years
  • Review current challenges and how to address them
  • Updated capital cost and other estimates
  • Updated ridership and revenue forecasts


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