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High-Speed Rail

California’s high-speed rail network — the first in the U.S. — is now under construction and scheduled to begin serving the Bay Area by 2029.

 

Rendering of a high speed train

With trains running at speeds over 200 mph in some sections, the high-speed rail system will carry passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than three hours.

Planned Bay Area stations include:

  • San Francisco
  • Millbrae-SFO
  • San Jose
  • Gilroy

The California high-speed rail system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.

Development of the California High-Speed Rail system’s Bay Area segment is tied closely to the Caltrain Modernization Program.

Partners include:

  • MTC
  • Caltrain
  • California High Speed Rail Authority
  • San Francisco County Transportation Authority
  • San Mateo County Transportation Authority
  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
  • City of San Jose
  • City and County of San Francisco
  • Transbay Joint Powers Authority

Forecasts prepared in 2014 for the California High-Speed Rail Authority detail the number of travelers expected to board high-speed trains each day in 2029:

  • San Francisco – 15,400
  • Millbrae — 6,900
  • San Jose — 8,200
  • Gilroy — 4,500

By 2040, the numbers are expected to grow at all Bay Area stations:

  • San Francisco — 19,700
  • Millbrae — 8,500
  • San Jose — 10,200
  • Gilroy — 5,700

In addition to the four planned Bay Area stations, Phase 1 of the California High-Speed Rail system will include stations in:

  • Merced
  • Fresno
  • Kings County/Tulare County
  • Bakersfield
  • Palmdale
  • Burbank
  • Los Angeles
  • Anaheim