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The California High-Speed Rail Authority last week released the Final Environment Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for a 43-mile segment between San Francisco and San Jose.
The authority's board will consider certifying the section during its Aug. 17-18 meeting. If approved, the section would receive full environmental clearance for high-speed rail in the area and move a step closer to being "shovel ready" when funding becomes available, CHSRA officials said in a press release.
An interim rail station is planned to be built at Fourth and King streets in San Francisco until the connection to Salesforce Transit Center is made. A station at Millbrae is also planned and will offer a direct connection to San Francisco International Airport via Bay Area Rapid Transit. Both stations would undergo alterations to accommodate high-speed trains.
The preferred Alternative A includes plans to construct a maintenance facility, straighten tracks to improve travel times and install rail corridor safety improvements. Alternative B proposes additional passing tracks.