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Some California high speed rail segments ready by 2015?

This is an important development, reported in a lengthy story from Government Technology

Quentin Kopp, chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, said some segments of a 200 mph bullet train that’s planned for the length of California — like routes between San Francisco and San Jose, or Los Angeles and Anaheim — could be ready for passengers as early as 2014 or 2015.

Filed under: Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail

5 Responses

  1. glen says:

    What these segments will be are the commuter lines we already have running..just upgraded and ready for the HS trainsets. In the CAHSR implementaion plan the 1st trainset wont be ready until 2014
    and thats just for testing and the FRA regs.
    Caltrain will hopefully be running its new trains at the new higher speeds in
    2015..I think thats what he is speaking about

  2. looking on says:

    Kopp has per usual is blowing a lot of smoke. They are trying to fool the Feds into giving them funds for the San Francisco to San Jose corridor when they possibly start construction by the 2012 deadline and finishing by 2015 is 5 years ahead of a possible use date. Kopp ignored his executive director who siad it cannot be done, and the board which he and Diridon control voted to over rule their own staff and establish a timeline that san’t be met.

  3. Spokker says:

    Will some segments be done before 2015? No. Should some segments be done before 2015? Yes.

    I don’t think high speed trains will be running by then, but I think that some of the grade separation projects they’ve been planning for a long time will be done, which helps on the HSR front.

  4. Alek F says:

    That’s great news!
    Can’t wait to ride the rails of California High-Speed Rail!
    I hope the LA – SF segment will not be much longer, either.

  5. Nathanael says:

    “What these segments will be are the commuter lines we already have running..just upgraded and ready for the HS trainsets. ”

    Those are the *hardest parts* — the city ends of high-speed lines have been the most contentious and difficult and expensive throughout Europe. The middle segment is easy by comparison.

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