California High-Speed Rail Plan

Summary

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is moving forward with plans for a high-speed rail line across the state.  In Phase 1, San Francisco will be linked to Los Angeles and Anaheim in just under three hours ($64.2 billion, 520 miles).  The plan calls for trains to begin operating on a segment from Silicon Valley to the Central Valley in 2025, with full service from San Francisco to Anaheim beginning in 2029.  Framework has also been established for Phase 2, which adds lines to Sacramento and San Diego.
Construction funding comes from federal grants, state bonds (passed in November 2008), and a portion of appropriated funds from cap-and-trade (California’s greenhouse gas emissions trading system).
 
Phase 1 Construction Plan
Section Start date Cost (cumulative)
Silicon Valley - Central Valley 2025 20.7 million
Entire Phase 1 2029 64.2 million
Source: California High-Speed Rail Authority 2016 Business Plan (with added color coding for clarity)
 

Japan’s Involvement

Several companies from the Japanese rail industry have formed a consortium.  They are interested in participating in aspects of the California high-speed rail project such as train cars, signaling and communications, and operations and maintenance.  The consortium conducts a variety of promotional and other related activities.
In April 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe personally made the case for the competitive advantages of the Shinkansen to California Governor Jerry Brown as part of a joint promotional effort between the Japanese government and the private sector.
In November 2015, a Japanese delegation met with Governor Brown and discussed the California high-speed rail project and the Shinkansen system.  The delegation was led by Mr. Junzo Yamamoto, Senior Vice Minister for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and Mr. Masaji Matsuyama, a Liberal Democratic Party Upper House Diet member who serves as Vice Chair of the Japan-California Parliamentary Friendship League.  The delegation also included several other LDP Upper House Diet members (Mr. Yasutada Ono, Mr. Seishi Baba, Ms. Mizuho Onuma, and Mr. Iwao Horii).
A Shinkansen simulator was also installed at the California State Rail Museum in November 2015, providing an opportunity for people to experience Japanese Shinkansen technology.
California Governor Jerry Brown and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visit the Shinkansen simulator
California Governor Jerry Brown and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visit the Shinkansen simulator exhibit
(San Francisco, April 2015)


MLIT Senior Vice Minister Yamamoto and the Japanese delegation visit Governor Brown
MLIT Senior Vice Minister Yamamoto and the Japanese delegation visit Governor Brown
(Sacramento, November 2015) (Photo by Joe McHugh, California Highway Patrol)

 
Shinkansen simulator at the California State Railroad Museum
Shinkansen simulator at the California State Railroad Museum
(Sacramento, November 2015)
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