“High speed” train path would take riders on a circuitous route between San Francisco, San Diego

They say the quickest way to get from point A and B is a direct route. But when it comes to California’s high-speed train, it apparently isn’t so.

Surprisingly for a train that’s supposed to be super quick, the proposed, so-called high-speed route that threatens Alhambra’s and other cities’ neighborhoods along the I-10 freeway does not take the train on a direct route between the San Francisco and San Diego, the two cities the high speed train is supposed to connect.

The project would build a train route that connects San Francisco to Anaheim, with a stop in Los Angeles’s Union Station among several other stops in between.

One would think that the high speed train would continue the direct path south and head from Anaheim straight down to San Diego.

But it doesn’t.

Instead, the state plans to build an offshoot of the railway that starts further back north at Los Angeles’s Union Station.

From Los Angeles, the train would head east along the I-10 through residential neighborhoods in Alhambra and nearby cities, till it reaches the Inland Empire. From there, the route would curve down and head south along the I-15 to San Diego.

Alhambra city Councilmember Steven Placido and other residents at a city council meeting Monday questioned why the train was being rerouted east through working class neighborhoods along the I-10 freeway instead of taking a more direct north-south route through wealthier enclaves along the Orange County coast.

So think of the high speed rail route as a lowercase letter “h” — hardly a direct and quickest route between point A and B.

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