FRESNO — The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board certified the final Environment Impact Report for the Merced to Fresno section of the proposed bullet train, allowing it to take additional steps toward starting construction at the end of the year or early 2013.
The Authority also chose a north-south route and station locations for Merced and Fresno.
“Today we reached a major milestone toward making high-speed rail a reality,” said Board Chair Dan Richard. “These documents and decisions represent our response to hundreds of comments sent to us from residents, elected officials and business owners as well as feedback shared in nearly 150 public meetings,” Richard said.
The Merced to Fresno section is approximately 65 miles long and will follow a route known as the hybrid alternative. This alignment was identified as the preferred alternative out of three primary alternatives studied in 2011...