High-Speed Rail Plan Electrifies Caltrain

Local elected officials score rare victory in new business plan.

Say what you will about by the California High-Speed Rail Authority—that it’s still too expensive and risky, perhaps—but for , the new proposed design offers a rare victory.

Rather than leaving open the option of an aerial high-speed track up the Peninsula, as some previous design alternatives had called for, the new draft plan explicitly calls for .

Under the new “phased implementation” timeline, the rail authority would focus on building a “Bay to Basin” section connecting San Jose to the San Fernando Valley before creating a "blended" system with Caltrain.

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