California High Speed Rail Authority Votes to Include $4.5B for High-Speed Train Projects In State’ Federal Stimulus Funding Application
The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board unanimously approved an application for more than $4.5 billion in federal stimulus funding for engineering, design and construction on the state’s high-speed train system (earlier post)—generating an investment of $9.1 billion when state matching funds are added.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to formally submit California’s bid by the federal government’s 2 Oct. deadline for states to seek a share of $8 billion set aside for high-speed train development under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The Board approved a package of dozens of engineering, environmental review, design-build, train control and electrification projects among every section of the 800-mile system.
The state’s application includes:
$1.28 billion for San Jose to San Francisco, including station improvements, grade separations, electrification and safety state-of-the-art positive train control in an upgraded, shared alignment with Caltrain.
$466 million for Fresno to Merced, including right-of-way acquisition, grade-separations, utility relocation, environmental mitigation, earthwork, guideway structures and track.
$819.5 million for Bakersfield to Fresno, including right-of-way acquisition, grade-separations, utility relocation, environmental mitigation, earthwork, guideway structures, track relocation and new track.
$2 billion for Los Angeles to Anaheim, including high-speed train facilities at Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS), Norwalk Station, and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC); right-of-way acquisition, grade-separations, utility relocation, environmental mitigation, earthwork, guideway structures, tunneling, and track work.