California Highspeed Rail

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The DTX will accommodate California’s High Speed Rail. California high speed rail system will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.

California High Speed Rail will allow trains to travel at speeds over 200 miles per hour, similar to high speed trains in Europe and Asia, reducing the travel time between San Francisco and Los Angeles to under three hours. The system is expected to up to 32 million intercity passengers annually and another 10 million commuters. It will connect with existing rail, airway, and high way systems, allowing intercity commuters and long distance travelers easier access to metropolitan regions and other transit options, reducing traffic conditions and improving air quality by taking people out of their cars and off our freeways. This will help address traffic congestion in California cities, projected to continue to be among the nation’s worst by 2029. According to the California High Speed Rail Authority, the system will result in an estimated 4 to 8 million metric tons of CO2 saved by 2030, making a significant contribution to California’s goals in AB 32 and SB 375. The Authority also estimates the system will create 20,000 construction jobs annually for the five year schedule for construction of the first leg of the initial operating section; and additional building to complete the San Francisco to Los Angeles line will generate an additional 66,000 jobs annually for 15 years. The Authority expects the Initial Operating Section, once fully operational, will directly employ an estimated 4,500 permanent jobs and anticipates that the increased economic activity associated with development and implementation of the high speed rail system could indirectly generate up to 400,000 additional long-term, permanent jobs statewide.