Business Plan

The California High Speed Rail Authority has produced a number of business plans since its establishment in 1996, in response to legislative mandates.

  • The first plan was issued in 2000.
  • The next plan was published in 2008, just after the November 2008 election in which voters approved a high speed rail bond measure.
  • The CHSRA was required to produce another business plan by December 15th, 2009 to address specific issues the legislature had with the 2008 Business Plan.
  • Additional legislation now requires the CHSRA to produce an updated plan every two years.


NEW Update: 11/11/11 – CARRD has concerns about the Funding Plan certified by the California High Speed Rail Authority at their November 2011 board meeting. The Funding Plan is a requirement of AB3034.

You can read our one pager outlining our concerns here.

Or, see the letter we sent to the Authority here. 

UPDATE: 11/2/11 DRAFT 2012 Business Plan released by the High Speed Rail Authority – The Authority released a DRAFT business plan and is accepting comments on this plan until January 15, 2012. CARRD encourages everyone to read it and provide comment to the Authority.  The business plan along with numerous back up materials are available on the Authority’s website at:


2000 plan  (plan summary) officially adopted by Board June 2000

2008 plan    (never officially adopted)

2009 plan  Detailed budget numbers for the 2009 plan

Detailed budget for 2012 Revised Business Plan

Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO)  reports on the plans

CARRD Comments 2008 High Speed Rail Business Plan

CARRD’s Preview of the CHSRA 2009 Business Plan

CARRD’s invited testimony on the 2009 plan (beginning at 1 hour, 13 minute mark) to a joint meeting of the California State Senate Transportation Committee and Budget Subcommittee on January 19th, 2010

KPMG report on the CHSRA

**Please note: all links to the California High Speed Rail Authority’s website are broken. The CHSRA changed their website in October 2010 and broke all existing links to documents on their site. Please email and ask them to fix the links! **

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