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California gives first look at towering bullet train stations for $3 BILLION high speed route in the Central Valley that will cover 171 miles at 220 mph

by Staff


By Martha Williams For Dailymail.Com

21:37 05 Mar 2024, updated 21:46 05 Mar 2024

  • California has offered a first glance at the stations for the state’s brand new bullet-trains
  • The Biden Administration allotted California with $3billion for the train projects, one will run from LA to Vegas and the other from LA to San Francisco  
  • Trains will travel at speeds up to 220 mph and are powered by 100 per cent renewable energy 



California has offered a first look at the towering stations for the incredible bullet trains that will soon soar across the West Coast at speeds of 220 miles per hour. 

Biden has vowed to fulfil his election promise of building a ‘world-class, high-speed rail’ by splurging $8.2 billion in federal funding on 10 passenger rail projects across the U.S.

The Biden Administration allotted $3.1 billion to California for the state’s bullet-train line projects – one of which will race through the Central Valley and the other all the way from California to Nevada

Brightline is constructing the California to Nevada bullet train, which could be operational by 2026 and will be capable of transporting passengers from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in just two hours. 

The California Inaugural High-Speed Rail Service Project will also receive a chunk of the federal funding to bring a high-speed railway to California’s Central Valley.

The high-speed rail stations in the Central Valley will be huge – with wide platforms and sprawling plazas, as well as spacious parking lots
While construction the high-speed line has bene ongoing since 2015, passengers won’t be able to get on board officially until at least 2028
Merced’s station is the project’s largest, encompassing 215,000 square feet. It will be a multi-story building with stunning wood ceilings and brick walls that will be built in the city’s downtown district
Brightline is constructing the California to Nevada bullet train ‘Brightline,’ which could be operational by 2026 and will be capable of transporting passengers from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in just two hours

Railroads will spread for 171 miles, from Bakersfield to Merced with stops in Madera, Fresno and Kings/Tulare.

Eventually, the larger train project will run between Los Angeles to San Francisco and all the cities in between in a three hour journey, far shorter than the approximately seven hour drive. 

The overall goal is to connect smaller towns in Central and in-land California to bigger cities in the North and the South.

Lawmakers have said the ‘ambitious’ railroads will be useful in many ways, with San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi saying ‘these bullet trains will make travel quicker and easier, bring housing closer, create new jobs and economic opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach, secure cleaner air for our children and help save our planet.’

While the new trains will far-exceed any existing U.S. rail travel in terms of speed, with Amtrak leading the current contenders at a less-impressive 160 miles per hour, the 220 mph speeds will come with no environmental harm. 

According to the White House, the trains will be all-electric and powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

Railroads will spread for 171 miles, from Bakersfield to Merced with stops in Madera, Fresno and Kings/Tulare
Platforms will have fare gates that can only be accessed by ticketed passengers, according to the High-Speed Rail Authority
The Bakersfield station, which is being built downtown, is set to have pop-up stalls with food and retail vendors

While construction the high-speed line has bene ongoing since 2015, passengers won’t be able to get on board officially until at least 2028.

To get West-Coasters excited for what’s to come, California High-Speed Rail Authority have released pictures of the ultra-modern train stations that will accompany the brand new bullet-trains.

The high-speed rail stations in the Central Valley will be huge – with wide platforms and sprawling plazas, as well as spacious parking lots.

The inside stations are light and bright – with tall ceilings and plenty seating surrounded by greenery and floor to ceiling windows.

Each station except Fresno’s will require passengers to board the bullet trains from elevated platforms. 

The inside stations are light and bright – with tall ceilings and plenty seating surrounded by greenery and floor to ceiling windows
Biden has vowed to fulfil his election promise of building a ‘world-class, high-speed rail’ by splurging $8.2 billion in federal funding on 10 passenger rail projects across the U.S.
The Biden Administration allotted $3.1 billion to California for the state’s bullet-train line projects – one of which will race through the Central Valley and the other all the way from California to Nevada
While the new trains will far-exceed any existing U.S. rail travel in terms of speed, with Amtrak leading the contenders at a less-impressive 160 miles per hour, the 220 mph speeds will come with no environmental harm
Eventually, the larger train project will run between Los Angeles to San Francisco and all the cities in between in a three hour journey, far shorter than the approximately seven hour drive

Platforms will have fare gates that can only be accessed by ticketed passengers, according to the High-Speed Rail Authority.  

The Bakersfield station, which is being built downtown, is set to have pop-up stalls with food and retail vendors. 

Merced’s station is the project’s largest, encompassing 215,000 square feet. It will be a multi-story building with stunning wood ceilings and brick walls that will be built in the city’s downtown district. 

In Fresno, passengers will get on and off at a station that sits in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood and features pedestrian bridges on both sides. 

The Fresno station, which sits next to the city’s mall, is also encircled by spacious parking lots – reflecting a need for ‘park and ride’ services that many commuters using the bullet trains might require. 

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