High Speed Rail

The California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is the State Agency responsible for the planning, design and construction of the California High Speed Rail system that will connect the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles (eventually from Sacramento to San Diego) with a train system that will run at speeds of over 200 miles per hours. The envisioned San Francisco to Los Angeles High Speed Rail connection will offer users an alternative transportation mode connecting northern and southern California via a three hour train ride.  Additionally, the HSR (HSR) will have train stations in Gilroy and San Jose, providing Bay Area residents with an additional local transportation option, further connect the region, alleviating pressure on local freeways and roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Two rail alignment options are being studied through Morgan Hill, including an alignment adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) through the center of town and Downtown, and a second alternative along Highway 101. The first alignment from San Jose to north Morgan Hill is envisioned to be at-grade. The alignment south of Cochrane Avenue could be at-grade or utilize an aerial structure that would have a minimum 17 foot clearance at the intersections of Main, Dunne, San Pedro and Tennant Avenues. The second alignment option along Highway 101 is envisioned as an aerial structure, most recent studies show this alignment on the west side of the freeway from Cochrane Road to Tennant Avenue.

On February 15, 2017,  Morgan Hill City Council adopted their 2017 strategic priorities which a specific focus on High Speed Rail.  The 2017 strategic priority for High Speed Rail directly advocates for our community’s needs through our communications, discussions, and decisions. The City of Morgan Hill will continue to engage the community, the High Speed Rail Authority, state and federal legislators, and other regional agencies to mitigate negative impacts and convey Morgan Hill's position that the High Speed Rail Authority should only use the existing Highway 101 right-of-way to avoid all impacts to residents, schools, and businesses. Should the Authority decide the 101 right-of-way is not feasible, the City of Morgan Hill strongly advocates for the route with the least impact on Morgan Hill.

HSR plans to begin service by 2025. Construction for HSR is already underway in Central Valley with a 32-mile stretch between Madera and Fresno Counties. Scoping meetings are underway for the San Francisco to San Jose project section.

For the most current information on the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) project in Morgan Hill please visit the dedicated CHSRA web page for San Jose to Merced. You will find the latest meeting information and documents for this project.

A video summary of the High Speed Rail project was developed by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Project Summary

  • CHSRA to determine preferred track alignment Summer 2017
  • CHSRA to undergo Environment document preparation Fall 2017
  • CHSRA to release Final Environmental document 2018
  • CHSRA to start right of way acquisitions for large assets starting in 2018
  • CHSRA to start construction by 2019
  • CHSRA to to begin service in 2025

Community Outreach and Public Meetings

CHSRA public outreach program includes a series of open houses and working group meetings as well as presentations to the City Councils and technical working group meeting with City staff.

High Speed Rail- Technical Working Group (HSR-TWG).  The Technical Working Group meeting is made up of Morgan Hill and Gilroy city staff and representatives of CHSRA. The CHSRA sets the meeting dates and times.

High Speed Rail- Community Working Group (HSR-CWG)
.  The Community Working Group meeting is made up of residents of Morgan Hill, San Martin and Gilroy and provide feedback to CHSRA.  While the meetings are open to the public, they are designed to be working meeting to collect input and feedback with the working group body.  Two community working group meetings have taken place for the South County area. 

High Speed Rail- Community Open House (HSR-COH). Community Open House meetings are open to all members of the public to understand the High Speed Rail project. The CHSRA sets the meeting dates and times. 

Morgan Hill Community Meeting (MHCM).   Morgan Hill Community meetings are open to all members of the community to meet with City staff and officials on the High Speed Rail project.  These meetings are intended to supplement CHSRA's project meetings.  The City of Morgan Hill sets the meeting dates and times.

Schedule of Meetings

April 2016

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016
Provide Feedback into Scoping Letter (link has been deactivated) via Feedback form

December 2016

January 2017

Morgan Hill City Council Meetings on High Speed Rail

Frequently Asked Questions


For more information from the California High-Speed Rail program: 
Helpline: 1-800-455-8166
Email: San.jose_Merced@hsr.ca.gov
Visit their website
or contact
Ben Tripousis, Northern California Regional Director

Stay up to Date

If you would like the City of Morgan Hill to update you on information related to High Speed Rail through Morgan Hill please fill out a brief contact form.

You can send your questions to the City of Morgan Hill on High Speed Rail by using our email form.

Comments received by the City of Morgan Hill from the email form that have been shared with California High Speed Rail Authority.