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Regional Rail Plan

Though the Bay Area arrival of the first California high-speed rail train is still years down the track, we are ready to integrate these sleek, long-distance electric trains into our network.

Voters required us to adopt a comprehensive Regional Rail Plan. This plan, published in 2007, outlines near-, intermediate- and long-term strategies to:

  • Incorporate more passenger trains into existing rail systems
  • Expand the regional rail service network
  • Improve connections between high-speed rail and other transit services
  • Coordinate rail investment around transit-oriented neighborhoods  – or TODs – and business districts

Find out more about high-speed rail.

MTC developed the Regional Rail Plan in partnership with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, BART and Caltrain.

Other collaborators included freight railroads, ACE, Amtrak and county congestion management agencies.

An advisory group of businesspeople, scholars and environmentalists provided technical expertise.

The three main goals of this plan are to:

  • Identify a vision for a robust, inter-connected system of Bay Area passenger rail expansions and improvements
  • Meet anticipated growth in regional travel with a safe, fast and reliable rail network for passengers and freight
  • Sustain and enhance Northern California’s economic vitality while minimizing impacts on the environment

Bay Area freight movement is expected to more than triple over the next 50 years.

Expanded and improved rail systems will be needed to support freight mobility and provide an alternative for the explosive growth of truck traffic on our region’s roads and highways.

Learn more about our Regional Goods Movement Plan.