Public Input Sought to Determine Priorities for Plan

SACRAMENTO — Caltrans today released the public draft of the California State Rail Plan, which outlines a new framework for California’s rail network. The Rail Plan sets the stage for new and better rail, and multimodal and community connections in the state for the next 20 years and beyond.

“The plan will guide the state’s priorities for rail investments that support California’s economy for future generations,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Public feedback is critical to ensure that the strategies developed reflect the diverse needs of all communities throughout the state.”

The Rail Plan is unlike prior plans. Strategic investments will lead to an easy-to-use rail system offering faster and more frequent service, customer-friendly timed multimodal connections, integrated ticketing and trip planning, and increased reliability of travel in congested corridors around the state. The plan outlines a series of investments to connect most communities in California to each other at least every hour throughout the day, with many regions being connected with half-hourly service. It also highlights the critical role for the rail system to be expanded in its ability to move a growing volume of freight cleanly and efficiently.

Caltrans is seeking public input throughout the planning process to understand the public’s priorities for passenger and freight rail. The public comment period begins October 11, 2017 and ends December 11, 2017. This is an opportunity for the public to submit comments on the Rail Plan through the project website’s online comment form or visit The project website provides the latest project information, including the draft plan, and visitors can join the project email list to receive future notifications and updates.

During the public comment period, Caltrans will host seven public workshops across the state, as well as an online statewide webinar. The dates and locations for the public workshops are:

City Venue Dates Times
San Luis Obispo Central Coast Railroad Festival, San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum

(1940 Santa Barbara Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401)

Saturday, October 14th  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fresno Historic Tower Theater

(815 E. Olive Avenue, Fresno, CA 93728)

Monday, October 30th 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Oakland Oakstop Event Space

(1721 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612)

Wednesday, November 1st 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sacramento Tsakopoulos Library, Galleria West Room

(828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814)

Tuesday, November 7th 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
San Diego Caltrans District 11

(4050 Taylor Street, Garcia Room, San Diego, CA 92110)

Monday, November 13th   4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
San Bernardino San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot (1170 W. 3rd Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410) Tuesday, November 14th 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Metro Headquarters

(One Gateway Plaza, Lobby & Board Room, Los Angeles, CA 90012)

Wednesday, November 15th 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Webinar   Wednesday, December 6th 12:00 PM (Noon) to 1:30 PM