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Rail board approves study of Sand Canyon routes

Posted: May 4, 2012 5:48 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2012 5:48 p.m.

The California High Speed Rail Authority board approved the study of two routes for the Bay Area-to-Los Angeles train that would take passengers travelling between Sylmar and Palmdale on a rail that comes close to Sand Canyon schools and homes, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

Three options were proposed for the Santa Clarita leg of the high speed train, but the option of running the train along the Santa Clara River was discarded as a result of Thursday's action by board members. The board unanimously approved the Santa Clarita North and Santa Clarita South options for further study at a meeting held in Fresno.

The Santa Clarita North option would pass within 400 feet of Sulphur Springs School and Pinecrest School, run through the Evangelical Free Church of the Canyons, and directly impact 23 homes.

Under the Santa Clarita South option, the train would follow existing Metrolink tracks more closely and pass within 200 feet of the church, within 400 feet of Sulphur Springs School and within 300 feet of Pinecrest School.

The cost of the bullet train, approved by voters in 2008, is currently estimated at $68 billion. As much as $4 billion in federal funds have already been set aside or spent as opposition to the plan mounts.

A movement is afoot to place an initiative to repeal the 2008 vote on the June or November ballot.


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