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California High-Speed Rail Authority unveils proposed changes to 2016 business plan

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) board yesterday released staff recommended changes to its 2016 draft business plan.

The changes, which include early investments in the Burbank-to-Los Angeles/Anaheim Corridor, were based on more than 200 public comments received during a 60-day comment period that closed April 18.

Rendering of a high-speed rail station in San Jose, Calif.
Source: The California High-Speed Rail Authority's Flickr account
Many comments focused on potential service areas that had been included in the authority's initially proposed operating segment but lie outside the Silicon Valley-to- Central Valley Line as described in the most recent business plan, CHSRA official said in a press release.

By law, the authority must update its business plan every two years. The 2016 business plan, which was released Feb. 18, changed the location of the first 250 miles of track to a segment between Bakersfield and San Jose, marking a reversal of the board's 2012 decision to build the first section between Burbank and California's Central Valley.

Additional recommendations to the most recent business plan called for connections to Merced and the North San Joaquin Valley, a station location north of Bakersfield, and extending service from San Jose to San Francisco.

The authority will continue receiving comments until April 25.

On April 28, the board will review all comments received and adopt a final business plan, which must be published, adopted and submitted to the California legislature by May 1.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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