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California High-Speed Rail Network

California High-Speed Rail Authority
California High-Speed Rail Network

Cost Estimate: $98 billion


California is developing the nation’s most ambitious high-speed rail system, which will connect San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and several other cities during the next two decades. Construction will begin this year with a 130-mile segment stretching from just north of Bakersfield to just south of Merced. The funding for this piece, which will serve as the “backbone” of the system, has already been identified through federal funds and the voter-approved Proposition 1A. This initial Central Valley section is expected to create 100,000 jobs in the next five years.


As the state’s population grows from 38 million people today to a projected 60 million people by mid-century, it is estimated that without high-speed rail, California will need as much as $171 billion to meet its transportation needs. That means an additional 2,300 lane-miles of highways, 4 runways, and 115 airline gates would need to be built. 


California’s high-speed-rail system will be better for the environment than auto and air travel. The system is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 3 million tons annually and save Californians 146 million hours in travel time each year.  

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