Historically, the Central Valley's economy has lagged behind the rest of the state. Now, investment in high-speed rail is helping to close the gap.
The Central Valley Basin doesn't meet current clean-air objectives.
Home to nearly seven million people, the Central Valley is one of the fastest growing regions in the state.
Explore below for details on high-speed rail stations and construction packages in the Central Valley. Three design-build construction contracts for the Central Valley segment of the high-speed rail system have been executed by the Authority.
The Merced to Fresno project section is part of the first phase of the California high-speed rail system connecting the communities of Merced, Madera and Fresno to the rest of the State.
The approximately 65-mile project section will provide essential connections between the Central Valley and the Silicon Valley with stations in downtown Fresno and downtown Merced. These station locations will help provide new economic opportunities in these downtown areas and provide easy connections to local and regional businesses and academic institutions.
The Central Valley Wye serves as the backbone of the high-speed rail system connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California. The Merced to Fresno project section, where the Central Valley Wye is located, generally parallels State Route 99 through the northern stretch of the San Joaquin Valley from the city of Merced to the city of Fresno. The Central Valley Wye is located near the City of Chowchilla and will serve as the junction for the high-speed rail system connecting San Jose to Fresno, San Jose to Merced, and Merced to Fresno. These connections allow travelers to reach destinations in the direction of San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles.
The Fresno to Bakersfield project section is part of the first phase of the California high-speed rail system connecting the cities of Fresno and Bakersfield to the rest of the state.
The approximately 114-mile project section will provide essential connections between the Central Valley, the Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles Basin with stations in downtown Fresno and downtown Bakersfield. These station locations will help provide new economic opportunities in these downtown areas and provide easy connections to local and regional businesses and academic institutions.
The Locally Generated Alternative is located between the cities of Shafter and Bakersfield in the Central Valley and has been developed in cooperation with the City of Bakersfield, the City of Shafter, and Kern County. It is approximately 23 miles long, includes a station option located at F Street and Golden State Avenue (State Route 204) and parallels existing railroad corridors within the Fresno to Bakersfield project section.
Design-builder: Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons
Segment stretches between Avenue 19 in Madera County and East American Avenue in Fresno County. Includes 12 grade separations, four viaducts, a trench that will take trains under State Route 180, a major river crossing over the San Joaquin River and a pergola structure spanning the Union Pacific Railroad in north Fresno.
Design-builder: Dragados-Flatiron Joint Venture
Segment is a corridor between East American Avenue in Fresno County and one mile north of the Tulare-Kern County line. Includes 36 grade separations within the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kings, including viaducts, underpasses and overpasses.
Design-builder: California Rail Builders
Segment stretches between one mile north of the Tulare-Kern County line and Poplar Avenue in Kern County. Includes construction of at-grade embankments, retained fill overcrossings and viaducts.