Earlier this week CALTRANS released the “2018 STATE RAIL PLAN.”  The plan aims to boost the economy, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety statewide over the next 20 years.

The plan addressed both passenger rail and freight.  According to a press release by CALTRANS, the freight vision “provides a customer-focused system that will eliminate rail freight bottlenecks on transcontinental trade corridors by investing in dedicated rail freight capacity and passenger improvements that support rail freight movement.” The freight component also supports short line improvements, grade-crossing improvements at a corridor-level to address community safety needs, and integrating as much service as possible.

Caltrans worked extensively with state, regional, and local partners to develop a consensus vision that supports increased efficiencies and connectivity across the state.

Rail is an extremely important component to Goods Movement in the state and is critical infrastructure to support industrial, retail, and commercial real estate.

Click here to view the Rail Plan.

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