California High Speed Rail Authority

Report: California Delivering $4.2B to High Speed Rail

California’s new $307.9 billion budget includes the release of $4.2 billion in Proposition 1A funds to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, “prioritizing $2 billion for the construction of the Merced-to-Bakersfield segment, with a new independent Office of Inspector General providing oversight of the project,” the Los Angeles Times reported on June 30.

CHSRA Certifies Silicon Valley-Central Valley EIR/EIS

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on April 28 certified the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the approximately 90-mile San Jose to Merced section in Northern California, approving the project. The move “is a critical milestone that moves the project section closer to being ‘shovel ready’ for when pre-construction and construction funding becomes available,” CHSRA said.

California HSR: Limited Clear

Exactly three years ago, I pronounced the California High-Speed Rail project dead, and issued a poor prognosis for high-speed rail generally in the United States (Whither (Wither) High-Speed Rail?, posted here in

With the CHSRA Board’s Jan. 20 approval of the Burbank-Los Angeles segment, it is another step closer to being “shovel ready” as funding becomes available.

CHSRA Board Greenlights Burbank-Los Angeles Section

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on Jan. 20 certified the Burbank to Los Angeles Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), approving the approximately 14-mile section of the 500-mile Phase 1 high speed rail alignment connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim.

“We’re proud to support these [90] great projects that will improve infrastructure, strengthen supply chains, make us safer, advance equity, and combat climate change,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who announced the RAISE discretionary grants program recipients on Nov. 19.

USDOT Awards $1B in RAISE Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will distribute nearly $1 billion to 90 rail, transit, road and port projects through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grants program; California High-Speed Rail Authority and Genesee & Wyoming are among the grantees.

The California High Speed Rail Authority will get the chance to approve the Burbank-to-Los Angeles preferred alternative in January. (CHSRA)

Second California High-Speed Rail Segment Waiting To Be Cleared

The California High-Speed Rail Authority released the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIR/EIS) for the approximately 14-mile Burbank-to-Los Angeles Project Section in southern California, moving CHSRA one step closer to approving its fourth environmental document in two years.

The California high speed rail project preserved and restored more than 2,300 acres of habitat over the past year, according to a newly released sustainability report.

CHSRA Issues Sustainability Report

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has released its latest sustainability report, Building an Equitable Future, highlighting the 2020 milestones of the high speed rail project that will connect San Francisco and the Bay Area to Los Angeles and Anaheim.