Calif. High-Speed Routes Recommended

A staff study has recommended that the route of the proposed California high-speed rail network in northern California use a amalgamation of routes between San Jose and Merced.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority said this would involve using an the existing Union Pacific Railroad corridor before continuing to a dedicated HSR alignment through Pacheco Pass in Santa Clara County.

Between San Francisco and San Jose, the staff recommended a light maintenance facility on the east side of the tracks in Brisbane.

The recommendation did not include additional passing tracks in the middle of the corridor.

In a news release, the CHSRA said that all route alternatives will be evaluated in draft environmental documents due in December 2019 and March 2020.

However, identifying preferred alternatives will guide the public to what is most likely to become the selected project.

“The identification of the preferred alternatives is an important step in defining the program and advancing the implementation of the authority’s Silicon Valley-to-Central Valley Line that will ultimately bring high-speed rail to Northern California,” said Northern California Regional Director Boris Lipkin in a statement.

Public comment will be fathered in community meetings and during six open houses to be held this summer.

A final route decision will be made after the environmental review reports are completed.

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