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CHSRA Sets Opening of Silicon Valley Route; Coordinates with Regional Agencies

California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) officials announced their intention to complete construction of the high-speed rail line between Silicon Valley and Central Valley by 2024, with operations beginning the next year, according to the authority’s recently released draft 2016 business plan.

“This draft business plan presents a clear path forward within available funding to deliver the system as approved by California voters in 2008,” said CHSRA Chief Executive Officer Jeff Morales. “By constructing the line between the Silicon Valley and the Central Valley, while also making significant investments in Southern California’s passenger rail systems, high-speed rail service will become a reality in this state in the next 10 years at a lower cost than previously estimated.”

CHSRA has started more than 100 miles of active construction in the Central Valley. The plan estimates a reduction in overall capital costs from $67.6 billion to $64.2 billion.

In a related statement, Caltrain commuter rail noted its ongoing coordination with CHSRA and stated that it will review the plan to understand its impact on the Caltrain Modernization Program. This program includes electrification of the corridor between San Francisco and San Jose, purchase of new high-performance electric rail vehicles, upgrades to the signal system and implementation of PTC.

Initiating service as soon as ­possible is the first of three objectives cited in the plan. The others are to make strategic, concurrent investments throughout the system that will be linked together over time—such as the Burbank-­Anaheim corridor—and to construct segments as funding becomes available.

CHSRA is seeking public comment here on the draft plan through April 18. The plan is available at the same website by clicking on “Draft 2016 Business Plan.”

Construction is underway on the Fresno River Viaduct for California high-speed rail, where superstructure forms and supporting beams are being put into place. The structure in the Central Valley should be completed by the end of summer.



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