Thank you for your participation in the development of the California High-Speed Rail project, and for providing input on the current phase of planning and environmental review for the Northern California project sections: San Francisco to San Jose and San Jose to Merced Project Sections.

 

Since 2016, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has participated in over 290 public outreach events, including Community Working Group, Technical Working Group, and Community Open House meetings, all aimed at providing a greater understanding of project elements and opportunities for widespread community input.

 

To that end, we will be extending the environmental review and outreach process so that we have ample time to collaborate on the alternatives under study. At the appropriate time, we will be releasing an updated schedule to reflect this additional time for outreach, information sharing, and coordination.

 

Our ability to advance environmental reviews depends on many factors we are not able to fully control; for example we work with multiple partners, e.g., the Federal Railroad Administration, the US Army Corps of Engineers, etc. who are required to comply with or address their own statutory mandates and/or may face resource constraints – at the same time, we can avail ourselves of new authorities that position us to mitigate those constraints.

 

We continue to be committed to environmental clearance as quickly as possible in order to provide clarity to local communities, stakeholders and regional partners as to the route and station location and be shovel ready to facilitate intermediate improvements as funding is available.

 

San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Update

In April 2017, the Authority hosted Community Open House meetings in San Francisco City and County, San Mateo County, and Santa Clara County. Participants learned about the range of alternatives under consideration, received an update on the environmental clearance process and schedule, and provided input on the project alternatives being analyzed in the environmental document. The project alternatives include three main project elements largely within the existing Caltrain right-of-way.

 

Information from those Community Open Houses can be found here.

 

The Authority will continue outreach along the corridor with additional public meetings in:

  • San Francisco and Millbrae on high-speed rail stations;
  • Brisbane on the location of a light maintenance facility;
  • San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, and Redwood City on passing tracks; and
  • Santa Clara and San Jose on the aerial approach to Diridon Station.

 

Lastly, on May 22, 2017, the Federal Transit Administration approved $647 million in Full Funding Grant funds for the Caltrain Electrification project. The Authority has been a champion of this project and also committed over $700 million towards it. The Authority continues to works closely with Caltrain staff and hosts the Calmod Local Policy Maker Group (LPMG) meeting every other month, which is open to the public.

 

San Jose to Merced Project Section Update

In April and May 2017, the Authority hosted Community Open House meetings in San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Los Banos. Participants learned about the range of alternatives under consideration, received an update on the environmental clearance process and schedule, and provided input on the project alternatives being analyzed in the environmental document.

 

Information presented at those Community Open House meetings can be found here.

 

The Authority will continue outreach along the corridor with additional public meetings in:

  • San Jose and Gilroy on high-speed rail stations;
  • Gilroy and Los Banos on environmental justice; and
  • Morgan Hill on community impacts.


This month, the Authority began field work to investigate geologic and hydro-geologic conditions in the San Joaquin Valley. This work is part of the subsurface investigation for the design and construction of the Silicon Valley to Central Valley Line. Associated lane shoulder closures are available online at
Caltrans Quickmap. This field work is scheduled through June 28, 2017 with crews working Monday through Friday.

 

 

The High-Speed Rail Authority is committed to delivering a world class rail system. Here are several ways to stay involved by providing comments or asking questions:

 

Via Email: san.jose_merced@hsr.ca.gov OR san.francisco_san.jose@hsr.ca.gov
Via Phone:

San Francisco to San Jose Project Section: (800) 435-8670

San Jose to Merced Project Section: (800) 455-8166

Via Mail: Northern California Regional Office

California High-Speed Rail Authority

100 Paseo de San Antonio, Suite 206

San Jose, CA 95113

 

Sincerely,

 

Ben Tripousis

Northern California Regional Director

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