Today, passenger trains and freight trains share tracks around the state. While high speed rail trains will generally not be using the same tracks that freight ones do, there is a desire to increase conventional passenger rail service and there are several places where high speed rail needs the cooperation of freight companies.
Here are a number of agreements that CHSRA has reached with the freight companies”
March 2011 Preliminary agreement with BNSF
May 2011 Preliminary agreement with Union Pacific
April 2012 Expense reimbursement agreement with Union Pacific
July 2012 Additional agreement with Union Pacific, CHSRA, Capital Corridor and San Joaquin Corridor about additional passenger rail service and about maybe not suing over the Merced-Fresno EIR