About the Programs

California High-Speed Rail (CHSR)

In November 2008, California voters approved $9.95 billion in bonds (Proposition 1A) to design, environmentally clear, and begin construction of a high-speed rail system between Northern and Southern California.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operating the high-speed rail system.

By 2029, the CHSR system is expected to run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in less than three hours. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with as many as 24 stations.

The CHSRA is also working with regional partners to implement a State-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the State’s 21st century transportation needs.

Additional information regarding the California High-Speed Rail project is available at the CHSRA website.

View additional CHSR-related links and documents.

Caltrain Modernization (CalMod) Program

Caltrain's proposed CalMod Program will electrify and upgrade the performance, operating efficiency, capacity, safety, and reliability of Caltrain's commuter rail service. The CalMod Program is scheduled to be completed by 2019.

The CalMod Program will help prepare the Peninsula rail corridor to eventually accommodate California's State-wide high-speed rail service which is planned for 2029. Along the Peninsula rail corridor, it is anticipated that Caltrain and high-speed rail will share Caltrain's existing tracks, operating as a blended system.

Additional information and updates regarding the CalMod Program.

In October 2012, a Local Policy Maker Group (LPMG) was formed to participate in the CalMod Program planning process. Information regarding the LPMG and its meetings is available on the CalMod web site.