Burbank to Los Angeles
The Burbank to Los Angeles project section connects two key multi-modal transportation hubs, the Hollywood Burbank Airport and Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS), providing an additional link between Downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and the State.
The approximately 14-mile project section proposes to utilize the existing railroad right-of-way to the greatest extent possible, adjacent to the Los Angeles River, through the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles with proposed stations near the Hollywood Burbank Airport and at LAUS.
- Provides a link between Los Angeles and the statewide transportation network
- Eliminates wait times and improves safety with grade separations.
- Uses next-generation signaling technology (Positive Train Control, intrusion barriers and warning system, earthquake early warning, and more) to enhance performance while reducing pollution, noise, and congestion along the corridor.
- Provides the capacity for more convenient and easier-to-use passenger service and schedules.
On November 15, 2018 the California High-Speed Rail Authority's (Authority) Board of Directors marked a major milestone in advancing environmental clearances in Southern California by concurring with the Staff Recommended State Preferred Alternatives for three proposed high-speed rail routes through the region. This action underscores the Authority's commitment to building the full Phase 1 system connecting the Bay Area to Los Angeles, further demonstrating the Authority's objective to position itself to advance additional segments as funding becomes available.
The Board's action was for three project sections: Palmdale to Burbank, Burbank to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Anaheim. In October 2018, the Board had concurred with the Staff Recommended State Preferred Alternative for the Bakersfield to Palmdale project section. While Board concurrence does not represent final approval of alignments and/or station locations it does mark the culmination of extensive planning, scientific analysis, and community consultation process.
The Authority anticipates releasing four corresponding Draft Environmental Impact Reports (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for public and agency review and comment in late 2019/early 2020. These documents will detail the environmental findings for all alignment alternatives including the State Preferred Alternatives.
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.
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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 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 Burbank to Los Angeles project section.
- Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Proposition 1A Funding Commitment to the LINK US Station Project
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- Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section Supplemental Alternatives Analysis
- Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section Scoping Report
- Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section Notice of Intent/Notice of Preparation
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