Transitions – Part 1: California High Speed Rail Project

The California High Speed Rail Authority is putting its ambitious project from L.A. Union Station to San Diego into hibernation. The Rail Authority budget for the current fiscal year, beginning July 1, has no funding for any design, outreach, or other efforts to build the L.A. to San Diego line, which would potentially go through Alhambra and other cities in the San Gabriel Valley.

Instead, the Rail Authority has decided to focus completely on the first phase of the high speed rail project from San Francisco to Anaheim (Phase I). All funding that originally had been requested for the L.A. to San Diego line has been redirected to Phase I. The Rail Authority expects to break ground next year on a segment in the Central Valley between Fresno and Bakersfield. Phase I service is scheduled to begin between San Francisco and Anaheim in 2020.

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Upcoming Meeting: Alhambra Bike Plan

Plan to attend next Wednesday’s Alhambra Transportation Commission meeting in City Hall. The West San Gabriel Valley and L.A. County Bike Coalitions will present to the Transportation Commission about how to make Alhambra bicycle friendly.

From the West San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Coalition:

Alhambra Transportation Commission Presentation – July 13, 7pm

LACBC/WSGVBC will be making a presentation to Alhambra’s Transportation Commission next Wednesday July 13th (7pm). The presentation will cover: Introduction of who we are/what we do * Why being bike friendly matters, inc. benefits to public safety/health, community livability * Vision – imagine a more walk & bike-able Alhambra * Funding sources for making a more walk & bike-able Alhambra * For anyone interested in attending, especially local residents, the meeting will be held in Council Chambers at Alhambra City Hall. Supporters will meet at 6:45pm in the atrium.

Recap: Alhambra City Council to send letter opposing high speed rail project through the city

The Alhambra City Council discussed the high speed rail project during last night’s regular council meeting. It decided to send a letter opposing the California High Speed Rail Authority’s plans to send its high speed trains through the city. City staff will draft the letter and present it to the Council next week.

As reported earlier, Jessica Keating, Assistant to the City Manager, told us that she, other city staff, and Councilman Placido recently learned that the Rail Authority will continue to study routes along the I-10 and SR-60 freeways. She further added that Rail Authority staff will recommend that it drop the two routes that use and are adjacent to the Union Pacific right of way. Jessica also informed us that the high speed trains will fly by on elevated structures that average 75 feet or more in the air and at times are over 100 feet above the . . . → Continue reading: Recap: Alhambra City Council to send letter opposing high speed rail project through the city

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Meeting Announcement (MONDAY): Alhambra City Council meeting

This is short notice, but an update regarding the high speed rail will be given at the regular Alhambra City Council meeting — on MONDAY.

According to the city web site, the Rail Authority staff will only recommend one route to its board — the I-10 freeway. We already knew it would drop the routes using and adjacent to the Union Pacific right of way, but now it appears the SR-60 route will not receive further consideration either. In addition, the trains will run on an elevated platform that averages 74 feet above street level through Alhambra (I’m not sure about the other cities). I called and emailed the Rail Authority’s outreach contacts as well as the City Manager’s office for clarification.

So attend the meeting to hear an update and give comments. And tell your neighbors, family, friends, and anyone else you think will be interested.

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Alhambra Scoping Meeting: Recap with pictures

I attended tonight’s Alhambra scoping meeting, also advertised as an open house, for the high speed train project proposed for Alhambra by the California High Speed Rail Authority.

The Rail Authority gave a presentation as part of the scoping meeting. It was the same one given last night at the Rosemead scoping meeting. The presentation is now available to view online (PDF) (Google Docs).

Here are some highlights from the presentation and Q&A:

Representatives from the Rail Authority confirmed the trains will run 5 a.m. to midnight. We were told the trains would run every 5 to 7 minutes during commute hours. This confirms what I calculated and wrote back in August: Trains to Run 5 A.M. to Midnight, except that trains will run more often than I figured. Representatives from the Rail Authority said that there have been no fatalities in high speed train crashes. That statement is FALSE: . . . → Continue reading: Alhambra Scoping Meeting: Recap with pictures

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