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High-speed rail meetings coming to the Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: July 24, 2014 12:34 p.m.
Updated: July 24, 2014 12:34 p.m.

Officials from the California High-Speed Rail Authority will hold a series of meetings — two locally — next month to discuss possible routes for the bullet train as it snakes its way through Southern California and potentially through the Santa Clarita Valley.

The first of those meetings is scheduled Aug. 5 at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. in Newhall. The other meeting in the Santa Clarita Valley will be held at the Acton-Agua Dulce Library, 33792 Crown Valley Road, Acton.
Additional meetings will be held throughout August in Palmdale, Sylmar, Burbank, Lake View Terrace and downtown Los Angeles.

All meetings will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley area would be on the Palmdale-to-Burbank section of the overall high-speed rail project that’s supposed to link Southern California with San Francisco and, eventually, Sacramento.

But the exact route for the proposed train, including the route between Palmdale and Burbank, has been a topic of discussion for years.

Several alignments have been proposed to take it through the Santa Clarita Valley, including routes through Sand Canyon and Acton.

But those options have met with resistance. Residents in Sand Canyon say the train would affect or displace homes, a church and two schools.

Officials from the High-Speed Rail Authority have said they are examining the option of taking the train through a tunnel as it makes its way through Sand Canyon, which could lessen some of its effects.

Another possible alignment that local officials have been favoring would take the train out of the Santa Clarita Valley entirely by routing it directly from Palmdale to Burbank.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has sent a letter in favor of that idea to the High-Speed Rail Authority board. Santa Clarita City Council members have expressed their support for the option as well.

California voters originally approved the high-speed rail project in 2008 with the idea of connecting Anaheim and Los Angeles Union Station to San Francisco, with links at other large population centers around the state.
The train is projected to travel at speeds of up to 220 mph.
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