Environmental draft for California’s northern section presented

draft environmental document for California HSRThe first project-level draft environmental document for California HSR was released covering 145 km of the San Jose – Merced section, first segment in Northern California, from Scott Boulevard in Santa Clara to Carlucci Road in Merced County.

Starting April 24, the document is opened for public consultation.

“With the release of this first environmental document in Northern California, we are continuing to show progress on every mile of the statewide system,” Authority CEO Brian Kelly said.

The San Jose – Merced rail section would connect Silicon Valley and Central Valley with a fast and reliable high-speed rail travel option.

By shortening travel times and integrating the high-speed rail system with other modes of travel, this segment of the statewide high-speed rail system will tie California’s regions together like never before. This section is also an important component of the entire statewide system that will connect the Bay Area with the Central Valley and Southern California.

“Now is the time to make investments that will connect all of California with sustainable transportation options. We want to see high-speed rail get to San Jose,” said Sam Liccardo, the Mayor of San José.

The approximately 145-km project extent will travel through or near the communities of Santa Clara, San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Los Banos. The project comprises high-speed rail system infrastructure, high-speed rail stations at San Jose Diridon and Gilroy, a maintenance of way facility either south or southeast of Gilroy, and a maintenance of way siding west of Turner Island Road in the Central Valley. Stations at San Jose Diridon and Gilroy would provide links with regional and local mass transit.

The final Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) document for San Jose to Merced will be issued in 2021.

With the release of the draft environmental document for California HSR on the San Jose to Merced section, the authority remains on track to complete the environmental clearance for the full phase 1 system by the federally mandated 2022 deadline.

 


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