California’s high-speed rail line will share track with commuter rail, slowing trains and increasing accident risks

In Politics by Michael Rae

As confirmed by a new California High-Speed Rail Authority Environmental Impact Report (EIR), at least 91 miles of the 438-mile San Francisco to Los Angeles route will not be dedicated to high-speed rail but instead shared with commuter rail operators. 

According to the recent report and prior Environmental Impact Reports, the 77-mile portion of the system connecting San Francisco to Gilroy will be shared with Caltrain commuter service and the 14-mile portion connecting Los Angeles and Burbank will be shared with the region’s Metrolink trains. 

Although this “blended system” approach has long been discussed by those involved in the state’s high-speed rail