California High-Speed Rail project is statewide and has
been divided up into sections given the funding and construction
sources and timelines. The environmental review is being
conducted in two parts: at the statewide level followed
by a more specific project-level review of each of the nine
sections of the system. Each project section is moving through
this process at a different pace.
Merced to Fresno section of the 800 mile system is 60 miles
long. It parallels Highway 99 through the northern stretch
of the San Joaquin Valley. The station will be in the City
of Merced, where it will connect with the Merced to Sacramento
section, and Fresno, where it will connect with the Fresno
to Bakersfield section.
high-speed train project is expected to create 16,500 construction
related jobs in this region over the life of construction.
Once operating, projections estimate 5,300 boardings daily
in Merced and 4,500 in Fresno, with travel time between
Merced and Fresno estimated at 21 minutes. CO2 emission
savings are estimated at 42 lbs. per trip.
High-Speed Rail Development Timeline
Summer 2013 – The CP1 contract will be finalized and
major work will start on the first 29-mile section of high-speed
will begin in the Madera area.
This work is expected to wrap up in 2017 on this first stretch
and project work will move south towards Bakersfield.
2022 – The Initial Operating Section (IOS), a 300-mile
long stretch running from Merced to the San Fernando Valley
is anticipated to be operational.
2026 - The Bay to Basin service, extending the high-speed
rail service to 410-mile long stretch running from San Jose
to Merced to the San Fernando Valley is anticipated to be
2029 – Phase 1 blended, which will provide service
from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area, the full 520
mile stretch, is anticipated to be operational. That includes
the non-stop service from San Francisco to Los Angeles in
under three hours.
There is no timeline at this time for the extensions to
Sacramento in the north and San Diego in the south.
Source: California High-Speed Rail Authority.
Note: The dates above are subject to change based on the