SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (KERO) – California High Speed Rail Authority Board Certified Thursday Final Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement and unanimously approved part of the Merced project, nearly 90 miles from San Jose.
The committee also agreed to continue designing Bakersfield Station in conjunction with Merced, Fresno and Kings-Tulare Stations.
The approval of the environmental report directs about 400 of the 500 kilometers of the high-speed rail project. Phase 1 alignment. The phase includes an adjacent stretch between Merced and Palmdale, along with a free kick from Burbank from the Los Angeles section.
“Today’s approval marks another important milestone and brings us one step closer to supplying the high-speed train between Silicon Valley and Central Valley,” Authority Director General Brian Kelly said in a statement. “The authority is ready to make the Bay Area High Speed Rail vision a reality. We look forward to continuing to work with our federal, state and local members to move the Northern California project forward.”
At its two-day meeting, the council also approved a multi-million dollar financing and planning agreement with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority to renovate LA Union Station. Union Station will be the main highway for the LA regional railroad.
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