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Caltrans Stresses Rail Future

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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The California Department of Transportation last week released a new report on the state of rail transportation in that state, measuring the economic impact of both freight and passenger rail on the often traffic-tied state.

The report, Rail and the California Economy, supports the 2018 California State Rail Plan, as well as the California Transportation Plan 2040.

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Freight is one major use of rail in the state: California accounted for about 18 percent of all imports coming into the U.S. in 2015, the report says.

California’s population will grow by more than 10 million between now and 2050, according to the report, which was authored by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. By that year, the state’s population is predicted to be about 50 million, and efficient transportation, the report notes, will be crucial.

Freight is one major use of rail in the state: California accounted for about 18 percent of all imports coming into the U.S. in 2015, the report says, accounting for $400 million. But moving people by rail is also big business in the state, which had 10 of the nation’s 20 busiest rail stations the same year.

According to the report, 38.5 million people rode passenger rail systems in the state in 2015. Caltrain, which runs between San Francisco and Gilroy, accommodates more than 4,500 passengers in each direction per hour, and the report estimates that the use of the system prevents about 400 accidents on the region’s highways each year.

Caltrans’ 2018 State Rail Plan is meant to “provide a vision for freight and passenger rail” for the state.

   

Tagged categories: Caltrans; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Rail; Transportation

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