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| Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016
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Approximation: SCVTV map showing CHSRA's 'Refined State Route 14' Route lain over a map of Acton. The official CSHRA map is at bottom. CLICK EACH MAP TO ENLARGE.

The chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority sent a letter Tuesday to Senate President Kevin de León saying the rail board has narrowed down and revised the potential routes from Burbank to Palmdale.

Two of the routes that chairman Dan Richard said the board will study (shown in magenta on the map at BOTTOM) would tunnel through the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

The third route would bypass Sand Canyon but run through Agua Dulce along the Highway 14 corridor and then turn north and run through existing homes and neighborhoods in Acton on the north side of the freeway.

The text of the letter follows.

 

March 15, 2016

 

The Honorable Kevin de León

President Pro Tempore California State Senate

California State Capitol, Room 205

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Dear President Pro Tempore de León:

I am writing to update you and your constituents on the progress of the environmental review of potential route alignments in the Palmdale to Burbank corridor, and important and positive changes we have made to those alignments. Updated alignment alternatives have been developed as a result of continued engineering and environmental technical evaluation, including environmental justice issues, as well as ongoing community and regulatory agency input.

Our analyses are being conducted under all applicable environmental laws. The process commences with establishing project purpose, need and objectives, which then leads to development of a potential set of alternative alignments. Those alignment alternatives are then evaluated and refined – as information becomes available from technical studies, regulatory agency input, public comment and other analyses – until a reasonable range of alternatives is established. That range of alternatives is then evaluated fully in the detailed environmental document.

We are now at a point in this process where we can establish a reasonable range of alternatives. Four sets of potential alignment alternatives have been under preliminary study over the past several years. Alignments along the State Route 14 (SR 14) follow that state highway and then proceed along San Fernando Boulevard through the communities of Sylmar, San Fernando and Pacoima, among others, before arriving at the planned station at the Burbank Airport. Additional alignments on the East Corridor – the E1, E2, and E3 routes– are largely subterranean routes under the San Gabriel Mountains.

The three alignment alternatives that will be carried forward for study in the draft environmental document are (see attached map):

* Refined State Route 14

* Refined E1

* Refined E2

Specifically, we have refined the alignment alternatives in order to, among other reasons:

* Reduce and largely avoid environmental justice impacts in the highly-populated communities of Santa Clarita, Sylmar, San Fernando and Pacoima.

* Reduce impacts in the Santa Clarita area.

* Improve future high-speed rail operations on all the alignments under study by making them less circuitous, thus allowing for more efficient, quicker service.

* Improve the constructability of all the alignments under study by decreasing the amount of technically challenging infrastructure.

These three revised alignment alternatives will be detailed in a Supplemental Alternatives Analysis (SAA) Report on the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section and presented to the Authority Board of Directors at our monthly meeting on April 12, 2016. This meeting is being held in Anaheim at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The SAA will include details about the three alignment alternatives, and the environmental, technical and feasibility factors that went into these changes. The SAA will also review how the alignments affect – or avoid impacting – the Angeles National Forest, designated wilderness areas, and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

Pending concurrence from applicable regulatory agencies, these three alignment alternatives are those that we will move forward for full analysis in the environmental documents to be adopted – after full public review and comment – pursuant to all applicable environmental laws. The selection of the ultimate alignment will take place when the Board of Directors adopts the final environmental document, a decision currently scheduled for late 2017.

In closing, I note that the analysis of proposed route alignments involves a simultaneous assessment of many factors, including system constructability and operational requirements, habitat and species protection, geotechnical considerations, impacts on communities and so forth. There has been significant concern expressed by certain communities through which our potential alignments would pass that historic practice of imposing infrastructure projects on disadvantaged populations – i.e., favoring other factors over environmental justice concerns – would become the norm. I want to assure you that the Authority has taken and will continue to take these concerns very seriously, and to the maximum extent of the law will not allow those concerns to be forsaken in favor of others.

We understand that the environmental review and ultimate selection of alignments can be a difficult process for those who may be impacted. That is why we strive to keep communities along our project sections informed and engaged.

Thank you for your continued participation in this process as we implement the high-speed rail program in Southern California. We value your input and welcome your comments. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this information.

 

Sincerely,

Dan Richard

Chairman, Board of Directors

California High-Speed Rail Authority

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21 Comments

  1. What do the different colors mean ? Tunnels? Where can I get a more detailed map ? Have relatives who need to locate how it will affect them in Acton

  2. Katie Jarvis Stephens did you see this!?!

  3. Trudy Trump Trudy Trump says:

    No no no no no no no

  4. Will here be stops for the people of SCV? Or only run through?

  5. Robyn Flath Robyn Flath says:

    That sucks . We moved to agua dulce and acton to Escape crap like this . Now they have to destroy houses . Bullocks !!!

  6. What a total waste of money. The money needs to be spent on our roads & bridges. Cost has already escalated beyond belief and now miles of tunneling.

  7. Is it gonna run through the cemetery on redrover and Sierra highway

  8. Jo Anne Griffin Bline

  9. The CRAZY TRAIN gets KRAZIER

  10. S M Walker says:

    Wondering how the planners would feel if the rail was going directly under their home, as it will mine. It also appears to take out a cemetery. Of course, the dead can’t speak for themselves. The other route takes out Shambala. Neither route is acceptable to me! Money should be used to repair abd improve our existing infrastructure!

    • SCVNews.com says:

      It does not take out a cemetery. The only cemetery in the area is the Acton cemetery. If you’re talking about the headstones that weird guy put on his property, well, we have some opinions about that. We have some opinions about HSR, too, and they probably dovetail with yours. But the “cemetery” is not a cemetery.

  11. How far behind the Loews,Target, kohl’s, center will this project go.it looks so close to the 14 fwy and we live right below it. Also tunneling through those mountains that grew a foot or more in the 71 quake sounds like you’re not letting sleeping dogs lie. You may trigger another, I’d think. Your thoughts on this question.?

  12. Chad Goertz Chad Goertz says:

    Can they make it run through Jakes Way?

  13. Greg Brown Greg Brown says:

    What about earthquakes while those trains run high speed underground or above ground? That runs right above the San Andreas Fault. Smh.

  14. lighttech says:

    it would be a far better idea to take the 64 planed billion

    and burn half of it

    then bury half of whats left in a deep hole ending in heck!

    then at least we all would have something?

  15. Stupid. No money for education but we can find it for this nonsense

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