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. Public feedback is critical to ensure that the strategies developed reflect the diverse needs of all communities throughout the state.”

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

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:

Public Workshops

Seven public workshops will be held across the state in the fall of 2017. The time, date and location for each meeting is below:

Date City Location Time
Saturday, October 14th San Luis Obispo Central Coast Railroad Festival
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
1940 Santa Barbara Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Monday, October 30th Fresno Historic Tower Theater
815 E. Olive Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728
4:30 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 1st Oakland Oakstop Event Space
1721 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
4:30 – 7:30pm
Tuesday, November 7th Sacramento Sacramento Public Library
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
Galleria West Room
828 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Monday, November 13th San Diego California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
District 11 Offices 4050 Taylor Street
Garcia Room
San Diego, CA 92110
4:30 – 7:30pm
Tuesday, November 14th San Bernardino San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot
1170 W. 3rd St.
San Bernardino, CA 92410
4:30 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 15th Los Angeles Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Headquarters
1 Gateway Plaza
Lobby & Board Room
Los Angeles, CA 90012
4:30 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 6th Webinar Online: join the webinar 12:00pm – 1:30pm