Date of Graduation

Winter 12-2012

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs

First Advisor

David Ryan

Second Advisor

Rachel Brahinsky

Third Advisor

Angela Fleekop


Proposition 1A, “Safe, Reliable, High –Speed Passenger Train Bond Act” was passed on November 8, 2008. Fifty-two percent of Californians voted to issue $10 billion in bonds to fund the clean, efficient, and safe high-speed train service, which is known today as the California High Speed Rail system (CHSR). The rail system will provide a mass transit system up and down the state of California if constructed, planned, and funded successfully.

This paper analyzes the City and County of Merced’s approach to planning for this highspeed rail while engaging in public discussion with the California High Speed Rail Authorities (CHSRA) at a state level. The Merced project is a case study of the developing policy and statewide vision for the CHSR project and highlights the interaction between different government spheres. The conclusion of this paper argues that the goals of the state will not prove to be successful at a regional and local level as this high-speed rail project continues.