High Speed Rail
Despite all the ups and downs and twists and turns, the very first segment of the high speed rail line - from Madera to Fresno - has entered the construction phase.
The alignment for the San Jose to Merced section though is still yet to be determined and must undergo further environmental review. However, there has been movement in anticipation of the arrival of high speed rail with the adoption of the Diridon Station plan and with the CA High Speed Rail Authority and the City of Gilroy have entered into an agreement to begin planning a station in Gilroy's downtown area. Still, Morgan Hill should not expect any public engagement on the alignment issue until 2016.
Currently, two alignments are under consideration.
- an ‘at-grade modified’ vertical alignment on the west side following the UP Railroad tracks
- A mixture of aerial and at-grade vertical alignments on the east side of Highway 101
The alignments will include underpasses and overpasses for either the train or the streets where the train would cross. There will also be some street closures. Maps of the proposed alignments can be viewed at the City of Morgan Hill’s Development Services Center at the corner of Peak and Main Ave.
The San Jose to Merced section of the system is 125 miles long. Starting at the Diridon Train Station in downtown San Jose, trains would travel south through Morgan Hill and Gilroy then east through the Pacheco Pass to the vicinity of Chowchilla, to connect with the Central Valley section (Merced to Fresno). Completion of the San Jose to Merced section is expected by 2022. The San Francisco to Los Angelos line is expected to be operational by 2026.
We Are Following This Issue Closely As We Have Concerns About:
- The Accuracy Of The Information Provided By The CHSRA
- The CHSRA's Ability To Build A System That Will Properly Take Into Account Our Community's Concerns Including Mitigating The Impacts (Noise, Etc.) Of High Speed Rail.
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