Merced to Fresno
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.
In May 2012, the Board of Directors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIR/EIS) for the Merced to Fresno project section. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued the Record of Decision in September 2012. At that time, the Board determined that Central Valley Wye alternatives should be further developed and evaluated in a subsequent environmental analysis. Since 2012, the Authority has worked with Central Valley stakeholders and agencies to identify a range of alignment alternatives for the Central Valley Wye. Visit the Central Valley Wye page to learn more.
Pre-construction activities got under way in the first construction project area in 2013, with the high-speed rail program's official groundbreaking taking place at the site of the future Fresno station on January 5, 2016. Construction of the nation's first high-speed rail system is underway with multiple active sites. To see the latest on construction, visit BuildHSR.
The Authority is committed to planning and building a premier high-speed rail system that will keep the traveling public and surrounding communities moving and safe. We are working to develop and deliver the program through effective engagements with local communities, a process that involves nourishing long-term relationships with residents, stakeholders and policymakers. The goal is to foster and encourage community engagement throughout the organization in all aspect of construction and operations.
In conducting outreach events, such as Open House and Community Working Group meetings, the Authority informs the public about all aspects of the program, including the presentation of specific project section plans and key milestones contributing to the first phase of the high-speed rail system.
For a listing of upcoming events and outreach opportunities in your area visit the Events page.
The State of California and the federal government both require a proposed infrastructure project to undergo an extensive assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment - land, air, water, minerals, plants, animals and noise - and proposed actions to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.
Decisions regarding how and where to build the California high-speed rail system are made and justified by using detailed environmental studies and public comments on the potential environmental impacts of the proposed rail system and routes.
The materials listed under the Documents & Reports section below include studies and reports the Authority has produced to date, along with corresponding public comments received, during the environmental review process of the Merced to Fresno project section.
The following documents are available for review upon request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Merced to Fresno Project Section Draft Relocation Impact Report
- Merced to Fresno Project Section Supplemental Alternatives Analysis - 2011
- Merced to Fresno Project Section Supplemental Alternatives Analysis - 2010
- Merced to Fresno Project Section Preliminary Alternatives Analysis
- Merced to Fresno Project Section Scoping
- Merced to Fresno Project Section Notice of Intent/Notice of Preparation
- Project Sections & Stations of the Project Sections & Stations interactive map
- Construction Activities of the Construction Activities interactive map
- Economic Impacts of the Economic Impacts interactive map
- California Traditional Tribal Territories of the California Traditional Tribal Territories interactive map