Environmental report released for Merced-to-Fresno route of high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO – The California High-Speed Rail Authority released on Tuesday the draft environmental impact report for the Merced-to-Fresno section of the project.

"These reports – the first environmental documents for true high-speed rail in the nation – represent a major milestone for California and for bringing high-speed rail to the United States, said Thomas Umberg, chairman of the agency's board of directors, in a press release. "We are leading the nation's high-speed rail vision and remain on track to break ground next year." The trains will be able to take passengers from Los Angeles with San Francisco in 2 hours and 40 minutes, according to the release.

The EIR addresses the potential environmental concerns associated with the construction and operation of the 65-mile Merced-to-Fresno section of the project. Mitigation measures that would reduce those impacts are also detailed in the documents.

View the documents here: http://cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/draft-eir-m-f.aspx.