On Monday, October 25, 2010, the San Joaquin Valley got $715 million closer to having a High Speed Rail
The grant —provided through a High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration today that will construct High Speed Rail in the San Joaquin Valley— will go toward beginning construction on the state’s high-speed rail system between Merced and Bakersfield.
After the initial network is completed, extensions are planned from Merced to Modesto, Stockton and Sacramento, and from Los Angeles to the Inland Empire and San Diego.
The rail system is expected to generate more than 135,000 full-time one-year job equivalents over the course of its construction.
The grant supplements additional funding California has already received for high speed rail development. The state was awarded $2.34 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Additionally, voters approved $9 billion in state bonds in 2008.
The proposed California HSR network will stretch more than 700 miles from San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento in the north to Los Angeles and San Diego in the south. The proposed California HSR network will have the capacity to carry approximately 116 million passengers annually (California High Speed Rail Authority and Federal Railroad Administration).
The alignment will run through California’s Central Valley connecting the fast-growing cities of Bakersfield, Fresno, Merced, Modesto and Stockton. With speeds in excess of 200 mph, the travel time from San Francisco to Los Angeles is estimated at approximately two and forty minutes and the network would carry between 41 million and 55 million intercity passengers annually by 2035 according to the Authorities 2009 business plan.
The California HSR network, if considered as one project, will be the largest public works project in California’s history.
- SFgate.com New federal boost for high-speed rail (sfgate.com)
- Put high-speed rail in San Joaquin Valley first (sfgate.com)
- Boxer Lauds $902 Million Investment in California High-Speed Rail (yubanet.com)