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February 16, 2016

Caltrans begins work on 2018 rail plan

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in the US has started work on its statewide rail plan to establish the framework for new and improved rail and community connections for the next two decades.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in the US has started work on its statewide rail plan to establish the framework for new and improved rail and community connections for the next two decades.

Caltrans has sought early public participation for input and feedback during the formulation of the plan.

Public participation has been sought to understand their priorities for improvements to passenger and freight rail networks.

"This rail plan will be part of defining a more sustainable transportation system for the future."

In order to have a good public participation during the planning process of the plan, Caltrans will conduct a public survey on its website.

Caltrans director Malcolm Dougherty said: "To meet the challenges that come with a growing California, this rail plan will be part of defining a more sustainable transportation system for the future.

"Improvements and expansion of California’s rail system will have a positive effect on the future mobility, environmental health and economic vitality of this state."

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To be finished in 2018, the rail plan will be used as a planning tool for bolstering California’s overall state rail system and aims to prioritise state funding and actions to integrate the rail network.

The plan also expects to provide a long-term strategy, which will help Caltrans, California High-Speed Rail Authority, intercity and commuter rail operators, freight railroads and communities to formulate their future plans.

The 2018 rail plan will also be based on regional plans and provide a statewide vision for an integrated high speed, intercity and commuter passenger rail system with dependable, timed connections and more transportation options.

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