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State Starts Formulating New California Rail Plan
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Caltrans is beginning work on the next California State Rail Plan, which will provide the framework for California’s rail network and set the stage for new and improved rail and community connections in the state for the next 20 years. Caltrans is seeking early and meaningful public participation throughout the formulation of the plan, with several options available for providing input and feedback.

“To meet the challenges that come with a growing California, this Rail Plan will be part of defining a more sustainable transportation system for the future,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Improvements and expansion of California’s rail system will have a positive effect on the future mobility, environmental health and economic vitality of this state.”

Caltrans is proactively seeking public input early during the planning process to understand the public’s priorities for improvements to passenger and freight rail networks. A public survey will be available on the new California State Rail Plan website ( through Friday, March 4, 2016. The on-line survey can also be accessed directly at:

The Rail Plan, to be completed in 2018, will be used as a planning tool for improving the overall state rail system. It will provide a long-term strategy that will enable Caltrans, the California High-Speed Rail Authority, intercity and commuter rail operators, freight railroads and communities to plan for the future. The Rail Plan is intended to prioritize state funding and actions for integrating the statewide rail network.

The 2018 Rail Plan is considered more ambitious than previous statewide rail plans, as it will build on regional plans and provide a statewide vision for an integrated high speed, intercity and commuter passenger rail system with reliable, timed connections and more transportation options. The Rail Plan will also define the state’s priorities for investments in freight rail infrastructure that support the California economy and meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction mandates.

For the latest project information, visit or join the plan email list to receive future notifications and updates. Comments can also be provided directly through the website’s online comment form.