California High-Speed Rail

Depending on who you ask, California’s bullet train project is now either dead or more certain than ever, at least in part. What is certain is that the map below, based on the last High-Speed Rail Authority Business Plan to put a date on buildout 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 hope that the remaining Bakersfield-Merced segment of CASHR could be part of a major upgrade of the intercity rail network in Northern California.

DESIGN NOTES

The geometry of the CAHSR system (at least as previously planned) 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, which is what’s used here.

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