Will California's High-Speed Rail System Ever Gain Traction?

This article explains proponents’ rationale for developing a high-speed rail system in California. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) argues that the full system, which would run from San Diego in the south to the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento in the north will ultimately serve 30 stations and attract some 100 million passengers per year by 2030. The first segment will run between Los Angeles and the Bay Area and take about 2.5 hours. It is anticipated to be cheaper than flying and cost slightly more than driving. It is also expected that airlines will welcome the addition of high-speed rail because airports don’t have the capacity to expand to meet the needs of the growing number of commuters between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The article discusses positive environmental impacts of high-speed rail, but suggests that funding has become a major stumbling block for the project.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 36, 38, 40, 42
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01055841
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 2007 6:11PM