The San Jose <–> Merced section of the high-speed rail project will be approximately 125 miles long and include stops at San Jose Diridon, Gilroy and Downtown Merced. This section also includes the crossing of the Pacheco Pass as trains make their way from the Central Valley into the lower Bay Area. Upon completion, passengers and commuters alike will have the capability to work in San Jose and live in Merced with a trip time of just 45 minutes, regardless of traffic. Ground-breaking is scheduled for either 2013 or 2014 with initial completion on 2020 with the commencement of Anaheim – Los Angeles – San Francisco service.
(Written by Michael Gimbel, with data sourced from CAHSR Authority)