Transform California State Rail Plan – Oakland

Together. Shaping the Future of Rail

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to host a series of open houses for the California State Rail Plan (CSRP). Caltrans will be presenting the Draft of the CSRP, which establishes a statewide vision, sets priorities, and develops implementation strategies to enhance passenger and freight rail service in the public interest.

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