About California High-Speed Rail
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands.
When completed, Phase 1 of the high-speed rail system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state's 21st century transportation needs.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority is working toward three fundamental objectives: 1. Initiate high-speed rail passenger service as soon as possible. 2. Make strategic, concurrent transportation investments that will link over time and provide mobility, economic and environmental benefits at the earliest possible time. 3. Position ourselves to construct additional segments as funding becomes available.
Important Project Milestones
2018 - Chief Executive Officer Brian P. Kelly and his staff composed the latest business plan expressing the progress that has been made while candidly confronting challenges going forward.
2017 - Governor Brown and the Legislature secured the establishment of an important step in long-term funding stability for the project by approving AB 398 extending the Cap-and-Trade Program through 2030.
2015 - A ground breaking ceremony was held in Fresno to signify the beginning on HSR construction.
2012 - Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. highlighted the benefits of this system in his State of the State address and declared that high-speed rail was a priority for his Administration.
2009 - $8 billion in federal funds was made available nationwide as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
2008 - The bond measure (Proposition 1A) was approved by the state's voters, making it the nation's first ever voter-approved financing mechanism for high-speed rail.
2002 - Senate Bill (SB) 1856 (Costa) was passed that authorized a $9.95 billion bond measure to finance the HSR system.
1996 - The Commission determined HSR in California was, in fact, feasible. The California High-Speed Rail Authority was then created by the Legislature to oversee implementation.
1994 - As part of the High-Speed Rail Development Act of 1994, California was identified as one of the five corridors nationally for high-speed rail planning. The California Legislature also created the Intercity High-Speed Rail Commission and charged it with determining the feasibility of a system in California.
1981 - California pursued the idea of a Southern California high-speed rail (HSR) corridor working with Japanese partners.