California High-Speed Rail

Depending on who you ask, California’s bullet train project is either dead or more alive than ever, at least in part. This much is certain: The map below, based on the last High-Speed Rail Authority Business Plan to predict a date for completion of “phase one” — San Francisco to Orange County, via Los Angeles — is now a reminder of a more hopeful time. I’m leaving it here for now because there is still some chance that the remaining Bakersfield-Merced segment of CASHR could be part of a larger upgrade of the intercity rail network in Northern California.

NOTES ON DESIGN

The geometry of the CAHSR system is naturally conducive to a strip map. And while I’m not sure what the official High-Speed Rail Authority typeface is, it’s something similar to Futura, the font that’s used here.

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