December 21, 2014
The state's high-speed rail board has picked the Pacheco Pass as the primary route for high-speed trains traveling between the San Joaquin Valley and the San Francisco area.
The decision thwarts an effort by San Joaquin Valley and some East Bay officials to convince the board to route the bullet trains farther north through the Altamont Pass.
The board is recommending that the state build a 700-mile rail system linking the state's major cities with trains running at top speeds of more than 200 mph.
A decision on how to get the trains through the coastal mountains into the Bay Area was the last routing decision faced by the nine-member panel.