New illustrations have been revealed for the design template of four stations along California’s high speed rail in the Central Valley. Foster + Partners and ARUP are responsible for the project. The Central Valley line is part of the first phase of construction for the highly-anticipated infrastructure project to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco.
Stephan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners, shared in a press release about the new design that “after delivering our systemwide vision plan, we are now delighted to be working with Arup on detailed designs for the network’s first four stations.” Illustrations show each station will be shaded curved metal panels perforated with a webbing design and shaped with triangular patterns.
Groundbreaking occurred in early 2015, and construction is actively underway on the tracks, separations, viaducts, underpasses, and overpasses from Madera through Fresno to Bakersfield. The 171-mile Merced-Bakersfield line also called the Interim Initial Operating Segment is expected to start initial electrified rail line testing in 2028 and opening between 2030 and 2033.
The final plans of phase one will extend over 500 miles from San Francisco through Los Angeles to Anaheim. Additional stops in the Bay Area will include, Gilroy, San Jose’s Diridon Station, and Millbrae. Expansions after phase one imagine trains going to Sacramento and San Diego. For more information, visit the High Speed Rail website here.