Federal grant to provide half of design funding for Madera-to-Merced high-speed rail design

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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The CHSRA has released the draft environmental document for a 30-mile segment.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority was notified that it has been awarded $25 million in federal grant funding to advance the project beyond the 119 miles under construction and into downtown Merced.

This grant was awarded through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program, and $25 million is the maximum grant award.

“This grant is vital for the Authority to advance its initial electrified service between downtown Merced and Bakersfield. It reflects the strong state-federal partnership now in place to see the nation’s first true high-speed rail service commence right here in California,” said Authority CEO Brian Kelly. “Next week, our Board will consider awarding the contract to advance the design work for this transformative project.”

The funding from the U.S. DOT will provide more than half of the expected $41 million cost for the Madera-to-Merced design contract. That contract will be brought before the Authority’s Board of Directors during the two-day Board meeting next week for consideration.

This is the second grant the high-speed rail program has received under the Biden Administration since November 2021. Last fall, California’s high-speed rail project was awarded $24 million for crucial safety, efficiency, and construction projects in and around the city of Wasco and S.R. 46. Construction in the region will build safe, multimodal connectivity projects around Wasco to prepare for future high-speed rail service.

The Authority also is pursuing $1.3 billion in federal grant funding to double-track the 119 miles currently under construction and purchase new, clean, electric train sets capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph. The funding requested by the Authority will help accelerate construction for electrified high-speed between Merced and Bakersfield by the end of the decade.

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