SACRAMENTO – Rail line passengers in California will have an opportunity to express their opinions on statewide service during five upcoming open houses and webinar. Caltrans is seeking input to help draft the California State Rail Plan, which will create a long-term goal for rail service in the state. The request comes as California has experienced a rapid rise in the number or riders using rail service over the past 10 years. Since 2002, Caltrans reports a 56 percent increase in passenger use. For more information, see story below.
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Caltrans, which manages two of the nation's busiest passenger rail lines, is asking its rapidly growing passenger base what they think about rail systems in the Golden State.
The department will host five public open houses and a statewide webinar this month to solicit input on the draft California State Rail Plan (CSRP), which will lay out a vision for freight, passenger and high-speed rail in the state. The draft plan is available on the Internet
"Each year, nearly six million passengers ride the trains in California," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "It's important that we find out what our citizens have to say about rail, because their input will help us build a truly connected California."
Ridership on California trains is up 56 percent since 2002, and California has about 18 percent of all Amtrak riders.
"The Authority looks forward in working with Caltrans and our local partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that invests in urban, commuter, intercity, and high-speed rail lines to meet the state's 21st century transportation needs," said Jeff Morales, CEO of California High-Speed Rail Authority.
To review the draft plan and comment, please attend any of five events listed below. If you can't attend a meeting in person, you can participate in the online webinar.
The final plan (scheduled to be issued this summer) will fully integrate California's future high-speed rail system with existing and proposed conventional rail systems. The plan will serve as a basis for federal and state investments for high-speed and intercity passenger rail in California and will also describe the existing conditions of the state's rail systems and the economic and environmental benefits of improvements.
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