RAIL TRANSIT: Caltrans launches state rail plan

Feb. 17, 2016

Caltrans invests in comprehensive statewide rail plan

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is beginning work on the next California State Rail Plan, which will provide the framework for California’s rail network for the next 20 years. Caltrans is seeking public participation throughout the formulation of the plan.

“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.

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.