Four views of the proposed site of
the "Los Banos" station. This site is 8 miles from Los Banos.
| The alignment of the first phase of the state's
high speed railway is crucial to future development patterns in the
The "greenfield" site shown above for the proposed "Los Banos" station will be the only stop on the high speed line between the Bay Area and Fresno if the Pacheco alignment is chosen. If the Altamont Alignment was chosen, the Central Valley communities of Tracy, Modesto, and Merced would all get stations along the initial phase of the railway. Those stations would all be in established communites, not some place 8 miles out of town.
The coming decades will determine the future health of Califonia's southern Central Valley, the San Joaquin Valley. Can the state support a progressive solution to shaping growth in the Valley, ignore the needs of the Valley, or will the Valley choose to hide from the solution?
There are two main components to the state's high speed rail plan: