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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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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Rosemead Scoping Meeting: Update and Pictures *updated

I attended the Rosemead scoping meeting, also advertised as an open house, hosted by the California High Speed Rail Authority.

The Rail Authority gave a presentation as part of the scoping meeting. The presentation given to Rosemead (and will be given to Alhambra tomorrow) is an update to what has been previously given. It now has info about sound with pretty pictures, albeit not with enough detail or apples to apples comparison. For example, there are outstanding issues about whether the sounds are cumulative or how they compare to the ambient freeway noise we live with. Also, the chart presented only provides a comparison between trains at street level although we all know, and the Rail Authority’s contractors agree, that the high speed trains cannot travel in the San Gabriel Valley at street level. They will most likely be up on a platform 35 feet high. But it is a . . . → Continue reading: Rosemead Scoping Meeting: Update and Pictures *updated

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