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High Speed Rail
PROGRAM AREA: TRANSPORTATION AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

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FUNDING LEVEL: 25% continuous allocation; $800 million through March 2017.
ADMINISTERING AGENCY: California High Speed Rail Authority
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Funding is allocated directly to the High Speed Rail Authority

Program Description

The High Speed Rail Project includes planning, designing and constructing rail service from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin, via the Central Valley, with trains capable of exceeding 200 miles per hour. Projected reductions in GHG emissions will result from shifting passengers from fossil-fueled forms of transportation to electric and high-speed rail service powered by renewable energy. Currently, the high-speed rail program is providing jobs and job training by conducting workshops on contracting and certification for small businesses located in disadvantaged communities. Once in operation, stations will provide greater mobility and access within disadvantaged communities, as well as regional reductions in vehicle miles traveled, which will result in reduced negative health impacts and reduced exposure to environmental contaminants.

Visit California High Speed Rail Authority’s website to learn more.

Successful Project Outcomes

  • Provide jobs and job training by conducting workshops on contracting and certification for small businesses located in disadvantaged communities
  • Greater mobility and access through an expanded statewide travel network
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and vehicle miles traveled (VMT)

Funded Projects

Capital funding to develop the high-speed rail project will come from federal, state, local and private sources. These funds will be available to the California High-Speed Rail Authority at different times based on the development timeline of the system. Cap and Trade funds are available as needed, upon appropriation, as a complement to federal and local support.

This funding is allocated directly to the High Speed Rail Authority to support construction of the high-speed rail project. For monthly construction updates visit: http://www.hsr.ca.gov/buildhsr.html

 

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