Palmdale to Burbank
The Palmdale to Burbank Project Section is part of Phase 1 of the of the California High-Speed Rail System connecting the Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley, which will bring high-speed rail service to the urban Los Angeles area with a new modern rail line that dramatically reduces travel time between the Antelope Valley and the Los Angeles Basin.
This approximately 31 to 38-mile project section will connect two key population centers in Los Angeles County with multi-modal transportation hubs in Palmdale and Burbank.
This project section footprint spans from the southern portion of the City of Palmdale in the north, to Burbank in the south. The Palmdale Station, and the alignment to Spruce Court in Palmdale, were evaluated as part of the Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section, which was approved by the Authority Board in August 2021.The Burbank Airport Station was evaluated as part of the Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section, which was approved by the Authority Board in January 2022. This project section will provide a critical link between the Bakersfield to Palmdale and the Burbank to Los Angeles Project Sections.
Upon completion, the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section will:
- Provide a new link between Central and Southern California and the statewide transportation network
- Connect the Palmdale and Burbank Airport stations, designed at speeds that would support a 13-minute trip time.
- Provide new opportunities for economic development and connections to many destinations and transportation options
- Connect high-speed rail to the region via existing and planned Metrolink stations
- Enhance performance and safety while reducing pollution by using next generation signaling technology (positive train control, intrusion barriers and warning system, earthquake early warning, and more)
- Provide connection opportunity in Palmdale for high-speed trains between Las Vegas and Los Angeles
On September 2 ,2022, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) released the Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIR/EIS) for the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section of the California High-Speed Rail Project for public review and comment under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A total of six alternatives were included in the environmental review, including the three original alternatives known as Refined SR14, E1 and E2, and the three modified alternatives known as SR14A, E1A and E2A. The Preferred Alternative (PA) is now the SR14A alternative. The modified PA will avoid Una Lake and will be underground through the community of Acton, and within the Angeles National Forest (ANF) and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. All alignments south of the ANF will remain unchanged.
A link to the PowerPoint presentation associated with this topic can be found here: PowerPoint: Palmdale to Burbank Amendment to the Preferred Alternative.
- Virtual fly over video of the SR14A Preferred Alternative – English
- Virtual fly over video of the SR14A Preferred Alternative – Spanish
- Virtual fly over video of the SR14 alternative
- Virtual fly over video of the E1 alternative
- Virtual fly over video of the E1A alternative
- Virtual fly over video of the E2 alternative
- Virtual fly over video of the E2A alternative
Please visit the Events Page for more information about upcoming public virtual community meetings.
Public Involvement & Community Outreach
Notice of Extension of Comment Period for Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Draft EIR/EIS:
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has approved a 30-day extension of the public review period for the Draft Environment Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section. The Draft EIR/EIS for the Palmdale to Burbank Section has been available to the public on the Authority website since September 2, 2022. While a minimum 45-day review period is required for this document, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Authority had initially allowed for 60 days of public review. The new deadline for receipt of public comment was December 1, 2022.
The Authority is committed to planning and building a premier high-speed rail system that will keep the traveling public and surrounding communities moving and safe. We are working to develop and deliver the program through effective engagements with local communities, a process that involves nourishing long-term relationships with residents, stakeholders and policymakers. The goal is to foster and encourage community engagement throughout the organization in all aspect of construction and operations.
The public comment period began on September 2, 2022 and ended on
November 1, 2022 December 1, 2022. During the comment period, comments were submitted by:
- Mail: California High-Speed Rail Authority, Southern California Regional Office, 355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 2050, Los Angeles, CA 90071
- Website: www.hsr.ca.gov
- Email: Palmdale_Burbank@hsr.ca.gov with subject line “Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Draft EIR/EIS Comment”
- Phone: (800) 630-1039
- At the online Public Hearing.
Comments had to be received during the Public Hearing orally, electronically or postmarked on or before 5:00 p.m. PDT
November 1, 2022 December 1, 2022.
In conducting outreach events, the Authority informs the public about all aspects of the program, including the presentation of specific project section plans and key milestones contributing to the first phase of the high-speed rail system.
For a listing of upcoming events and outreach opportunities in your area visit the Events page.
Newsletters & Factsheets
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The State of California and the federal government both require a proposed infrastructure project to undergo an extensive assessment of the project’s potential impacts on the environment – land, air, water, minerals, plants, animals, noise, socioeconomic impacts, and environmental justice – and proposed actions to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.
Decisions regarding how and where to build the California high-speed rail system are made and justified by using detailed environmental studies and public comments on the potential environmental impacts of the proposed rail system and routes.
The materials listed under the Documents & Reports section below include studies and reports the Authority has produced to date, along with corresponding public comments received, during the environmental review process of the Palmdale to Burbank project section.
Documents & Reports
The following documents are available for review upon request. The Authority encourages written requests submitted via our Public Records Portal.
- Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS)
- Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Supplemental Alternatives Analysis (SAA)
- Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Scoping Report
- Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Notice of Intent/Notice of Preparation
PROJECT SECTION ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS
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