The Rail Authority Board will meet during its regularly scheduled board meeting on March 3, 2011 to make an initial decision as to whether it will complete environmental impact assessments for a route through Alhambra along the I-10 corridor.
During the meeting, the contractors responsible for for the LA to San Diego segment of the high speed rail network will present the Rail Authority Board with a report about the possible routes considered — Preliminary Alternatives Analysis Report. The Board will then presumably ask questions, provide comments, and vote on whether to ratify the report along with identifying any sections that continue to the next phase. For example, I expect the route using the Union Pacific right of way will be discarded because Union Pacific has stated in no uncertain terms will it cooperate and believes the state has no eminent domain authority to seize the land where it operates its railway.
After the meeting, assuming the board approves the route, the contractors will then go back and study the remaining alternative routes in a little bit closer detail and actually consider more how each remaining route might work beyond conceptually asking “how can we get express trains from LA to San Diego in an hour and twenty minutes?.”
A location is not set yet. Meetings normally occur in Sacramento but they have met at the MTA headquarters in the past. Along with other community members, I have requested the board meet in L.A. We will not know the location until a few weeks before the board meeting.
I got the following email a short while ago: