High Speed Rail

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DRAFT 2012 BUSINESS PLAN FOR CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL – Comments due by January 15, 2012
The California High Speed Rail Authority released the 2012 Draft Business Plan that discusses a phased approach to the construction of the rail line, segment by segment. The plan updates the cost estimates, now $98.5 billion, ridership figures and funding expectations. The schedule has been extended to 2033 as well. The original cost estimate was $43 billion with completion in 2020. The higher costs projected in the plan result in part from a longer construction schedule and higher future inflation. The estimates include cost-cutting proposals that incorporate high speed rail into the existing commuter track routes in both the Bay Area and Southern California. Comments on the Business Plan are due by January 15, 2012. »view Business Plan

Caltrain announced in August, 2011 that preliminary data indicates that the rail corridor can accommodate high speed rail and Caltrain through sharing of the rail infrastructure. There is a potential for ten trains per hour in each direction. Six for Caltrain and four for high speed rail trains. This concept includes a 7 to 8 mile four-track section in the middle of the line between Belmont to Redwood City. More information on the Caltrain capacity study here.

State Senator Joe Simitian tells it like it is during High Speed Rail meeting. See Senator Simitian’s concerns regarding High Speed Rail Authority’s performance thus far »view
• High Speed Rail Authority’s CEO Van Ark’s response to questions by the Senate Committee »view
• The entire Senate meeting »view

High Speed Rail SURVEY
High Speed Rail logoHigh Speed Rail is a project that will have a significant impact on the City of Burlingame. Please take minute for this short 4 question survey to share your feelings on options for constructing high speed rail through Burlingame.
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What Can I Do?

  • Write your elected official stating your position. See contact information for your elected officials »here.

City of Burlingame Comments...

  • Letter from the Mayor on the planning process for rail projects on the San Francisco Peninsula - December 13, 2010 »here
  • Mayor's comments to CEO van Ark regarding costs for trenching option being studied in the EIR - December 17, 2010 »here
  • Council's response to Millbrae Station impacts - November 4, 2010 »here
  • Mayor's letter to HSR CEO van Ark - November 2, 2010 »here
  • Story Pole unveiling October 14, 2010 - press release and illustrative »here
  • Aerial Viaduct Preliminary cross section - October 14, 2010 »here
  • October 11, 2010 Tri-Cities letters to Congresswomen Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo
  • September 23, 2010 letter from Director of Public Works to Robert Doty, Peninsula Rail Director, regarding comments on the Supplemental Alternatives Analysis report released August 5, 2010 »here
  • September 7, 2010 letter from Chief Executive Officer van Ark to Mayor Baylock »here
  • Mayor's comments on the August, 2010 Revised Final Program EIR for Bay Area to Central Valley High Speed Train »here
  • Mayor’s comments on the Supplemental Alternatives Analysis to the Chief Executive Officer of the California High Speed Rail Authority - August 26, 2010 »here
  • Letter to FRA from the Mayor - August 17, 2010 »here
  • HSR Supplemental Alternative Analysis Report - August 5, 2010 »here
  • City's Comments on HSR Preliminary Alternatives Analysis Reported dated June 25, 2010 »here 
  • Public Workshop Presentation - May 12, 2010 »here
  • Letter from Mayor regarding comments on the Revised Draft Central Valley to Bay Area High Speed Rail Program EIR/EIS »here
  • Burlingame's Proactive Efforts Regarding High Speed Rail »view
  • View the High Speed Rail public participation matrix from June 4, 2009 »here

California High Speed Rail Information...

  • Letter from Peninsula Rail Program Director Doty, Jan 5, 2011 »here
  • Letter from CEO vanArc, Dec 28, 2010 »here
  • Supplemental Alternatives Analysis Report August 2010 »here
  • Area to Central Valley High-Speed Train Revised Final Program Environmental Impact Report »here
  • Summary of the San Francisco to San Jose Preliminary Alternatives Analysis Report »here
  • High Speed Rail Authority Public Workshop presentation - May 12, 2010 »here
  • High Speed Rail fact sheet, April 19, 2010 »here
  • California High Speed Rail Preliminary Alternatives Analysis Presentation - San Francisco to San Jose
  • Context Sensitive Solutions toolkit »here
  • Preliminary Alternatives Analysis Report »here
  • Bay Area to Central Valley Final Program EIR/EIS »here comments due on Apr 26, 2010
  • High Speed Rail Business Plan, December 2009 »read [2.5 mb PDF]
  • Caltrain Peninsula Rail Program Frequently Asked Questions »download flyer 
  • Caltrain board approves agreement with High-Speed Rail Authority »more

In July 2008, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) selected the Pacheco Pass-San Francisco and San Jose alternative as the preferred corridor and alignment for the future High-Speed Train (HST) service. The selected alignment uses the Caltrain rail right-of-way, between San Francisco and San Jose along the San Francisco Peninsula. Stations are proposed in San Francisco, Millbrae, and San Jose, with another potential station in either Redwood City or Palo Alto. In December 2008, the Authority issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) and the FRA issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) for a Project EIR/EIS for the San Francisco to San Jose section of the HST system initiating the state environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the federal environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Project EIR/EIS will examine site-specific impacts of the preferred alignment, station locations, and HST operations between San Francisco and San Jose, and will identify specific mitigation measures as necessary. This public scoping effort is intended to collect information on potential impacts, mitigation measures, and project alternatives to help define the scope of evaluation of the project.

Where will the High-Speed Train run?

The Authority is proposing high-speed train service for travel between major metropolitan areas of California. The service would run from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento in the north through the Central Valley to Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego in the south. This system is forecast to carry between 93 million passengers annually by the year 2030.

Environmental Issues to be Analyzed include:

  • Air Quality
  • Noise/Vibration
  • Traffic and Circulation
  • Land Use, Development, Planning and Growth
  • Biological Resources
  • Wetlands/Waters of the US
  • Community Impacts/Environmental Justice
  • Parks and Recreational Facilities
  • Historic/Archeological Resources
  • Construction Impacts
  • Cumulative Impacts
  • Visual Quality and Aesthetics
  • Hazards and Hazardous Materials
  • Flood Hazards, Floodplains, and Water Quality

Get Involved

California High-Speed Rail Authority website: https://hsr.ca.gov/

Federal Railroad Administration website: https://railroads.dot.gov/