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The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has issued its Draft 2020 Business Plan, which maintains the policy recommendation to the Authority’s Board to develop a clean, electrified high-speed rail line, for the public to review and comment on.
The business plan focuses on the development of the new high-speed line with the funding currently available, as well as outlining major programme progress in all three regions of the state – Northern California, Central Valley and Southern California. Most notably, the plan estimates costs consistent with estimates contained within the 2018 Business Plan and 2019 Project Update Report.
Multiple priorities are outlined within the Draft 2020 Business Plan:
Brian Kelly, CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, said: “This plan outlines how this programme will advance to meet California’s mobility, environmental and economic objectives. We are in an exciting time for this project and the electrification of transportation in California. In 2020, there will be 350 miles of electrified high-speed rail in development. In the next 18 to 24 months, we will work to environmentally clear the full Phase 1 system between San Francisco and Los Angeles/Anaheim. This transformation is well underway in California. Now is not the time to turn back.”
The Merced-Fresno-Bakersfield high-speed rail interim service line in California’s Central Valley will aim to advance California’s leadership in building a modern, clean, and sustainable transportation system.
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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