Central Valley: U.S. high-speed rail is born
The ultimate goal is a thriving network of high-speed trains that link all of California. Getting there requires a solid foundation and a starting point with statewide impact.
That’s exactly what the Central Valley segment delivers:
- Population of 4 million people
- Flat enough to build long stretches of 220-mph track without drilling tunnels
- An extensive network of connecting trains and buses already in place
- Strong economy and thriving agribusiness sector
- An institutional web of dozens of colleges and universities
The Central Valley line is incentivizing important upgrades to California’s rail and bus systems.
At Merced (the north end), ACE and Amtrak service will expand to a combined 18 departures, with service to Oakland, Sacramento, and San Jose.
At Bakersfield (the south end), service on connecting buses will expand to match the 18 daily, roundtrip high-speed trains. Roughly 75 percent of Amtrak passengers catch buses toward the L.A. region at Bakersfield.