By Mischa Wanek-Libman, Mass Transit Magazine; July 8, 2019
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) released the State’s Preferred Alternatives for the system linking Merced to San Francisco. The San Francisco to San Jose and San Jose to Merced sections are the final sections of Phase 1 where preferred alternatives needed to be identified and the selections will help guide future environmental evaluations.
In the San Jose to Merced project section, CHSRA staff recommends Alternative 4 as the State’s Preferred Alternative. Alternative 4 utilizes a blended configuration between San Jose and Gilroy in the existing Union Pacific freight corridor before continuing to a dedicated high-speed rail alignment through Pacheco Pass.