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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is soliciting public comment on the agency's latest draft plan for rail and highway improvements across different regions in the state.
The Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan (ITSP), which is updated every five years, guides Caltrans and its partner agencies in developing projects for interregional corridor improvement. The public comment period ends Sept. 10.
The plan has identified eight distinct regions in California: Southern California, Central Coast, Central Valley, Eastern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento Area, North Coast, and North State. Eleven major travel connections linking these eight regions have been identified as Strategic Interregional Corridors.
Corridors in need of investment and improvement include Southern California–Southern Nevada/Arizona; Bay Area–Central Valley–Los Angeles; and the San Diego/Mexico Border–Inland Empire.
High-priority rail improvements and strategies laid out in the draft plan include increasing intercity passenger-rail service frequency and expanding the rail fleet; implementing infrastructure needed to support increased rail service; improving integration between regional, intercity and high-speed rail systems; developing intercity passenger-rail service to the Coachella Valley and Phoenix; and developing new rail extensions to the Mexico border.
High-priority rail improvements in the draft also address high-speed rail planning and construction.