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What Is High Speed Rail
What is High Speed Rail (HSR)?

In November 2008, voters supported High Speed Rail (HSR) through the passing of Proposition 1A.  Managed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA),  HSR is a state-of-the-art-train system that connects northern to southern California. HSR will support the long term growth and economic sustainability of California.

Here are just a few of the highlights...

  • The train will reach speeds of over 200 mph in some rural segments and will reach speeds of up to 120 mph in San Mateo
  • The objective of the system is to provide an alternative to commercial air travel which has limited remaining capacity but increasing demand
  • To be competitive with air travel, the plan is to be able to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2 hours and 40 minutes.  The travel time between San Jose and San Francisco will be 30 minutes.
  • The HSR will travel along the San Mateo Peninsula sharing the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) right of way.  This will require adding two additional tracks in most segments.
  • A station in Millbrae is required as part of the enabling legislation.  Another station is being discussed in Redwood City, Palo Alto or Mountain View.
  • The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB) and the High Speed Rail Authority have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that makes the High Speed Rail project a joint effort between the two agencies.  The joint effort has been titled the Peninsula Rail Project (PRP).
  • The High Speed Rail Authority was currently allocated 2.25 billion of Federal Stimulus Funds. The Federal Stimulus Funds require that the environmental work be completed in 2011 and that construction begin on some segments as early as 2012.

Our “Portion” of Rail

The entire rail system runs from San Francisco and will ultimately end in San Diego. Needless to say, it is a large project, and it has been broken up into rail “segments.” Our segment is the San Jose to San Francisco segment.

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