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. The Palmdale Station is included as part of the Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section, and will serve along with the Hollywood Burbank Airport Station to provide a critical link between the Antelope Valley and the Los Angeles Basin to complete the overall statewide program.


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 Transportation Center Station to the Hollywood Burbank Airport Station with an approximately 25-minute high-speed rail trip
  • 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



What's New

In 2022, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is planning the release, for public review and comment under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), of a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIR/EIS) for the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section of the California High-Speed Rail Project. Three modified build alternatives, which reduce potential impacts to sensitive aquatic resources south of Palmdale, were added to the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section. A total of six alternatives are 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 previous PA was the Refined SR14. 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.

Staff is continuing to advance the environmental work and the Draft EIR/EIS, which will be issued for public comment in early 2022.

A link to the PowerPoint presentation associated with this topic can be found here: PowerPoint: Palmdale to Burbank Amendment to the Preferred Alternative.

Please visit the Events Page for more information about upcoming public virtual community meetings.

Public Involvement & Community Outreach

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.

In conducting outreach events, such as Open House and Community Working Group meetings, 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.

Community Open House Meetings


The following virtual community meeting provided the community an opportunity to learn more about the modified alternatives, including the environmental review process and other proposed project features:

Virtual Community Meeting
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Jueves 22 de octubre de 2020
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Community Meeting Recording


Newsletters & Factsheets

The Authority is committed to keeping stakeholders and the public up-to-date on the latest on the high-speed rail program, and the latest updates happening in the regions.

To sign up for project section updates, visit the Contact Us page and select Northern California, Central Valley or Southern California.

Visit the Information Center to learn more about California High-Speed Rail and to view the Authority’s factsheets.

View the most recent Southern California Regional Newsletter.

Environmental Review

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 and noise – 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 Supplemental Alternatives Analysis (SAA)
  • Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Scoping Report
  • Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Notice of Intent/Notice of Preparation

Contact Information

If you are interested in inviting the Authority to your community meeting to receive a project update, the team would be happy to coordinate with you.

(800) 630-1039

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