California will begin construction of a proposed
high speed rail system in the San Joaquin Valley in 2013, which will ultimately
connect to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
If implemented poorly, however, the system could lead to unchecked
development in the Valley that could increase traffic, exacerbate the loss of
farmland, and generate more air pollution.
To avoid this outcome, our eleventh paper in this series recommends a
Valley-wide collaborative to create a plan for economic growth and
environmental preservation around the high speed rail network, support for
local planning and mitigation efforts to implement it, and new financing
mechanisms to catalyze private investment in station-connected development.