POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: California high-speed rail project, Southern California segment, possible alternate route: "California high-speed rail project considering tunnel under San Gabriel Mountains" ....
* San Gabriel Valley Tribune: "California high-speed rail project considering tunnel under San Gabriel Mountains"
A tunnel under the San Gabriel Mountains has been added as an alternate route for the $67.6 billion San Francisco-to-Los Angeles high-speed rail train’s Southern California segment connecting Palmdale to Burbank, officials said Monday. The new, more direct corridor, along with the S-shaped alignment proposed in 2007 that roughly follows the 14 Freeway through Santa Clarita, both will be discussed at seven upcoming public meetings of the California High-Speed Rail Authority in Los Angeles County beginning next week.
A tunneling option that runs in a straight line from the Palmdale Transportation Center directly to a station at the Burbank airport is being considered by the CHSRA for the first time as part of its environmental review, said Michele Boehm, CHSRA Southern California Regional Director. “Yes, we have included it as a corridor to look at in the next phase of the analysis,” Boehm said on Monday. The tunnel route will be shorter than the 60-mile-segment route released in 2007, she said, although she did not know exactly how much shorter. . . . . . . .
The tunneling route under the San Gabriels is supported by Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who wrote a letter to the agency in October suggesting the route after hearing a lot of negatives from the cities of Acton and Santa Clarita over the first route.
Santa Clarita Mayor Pro-Tem Marsha McLean agrees with Antonovich. . . . . . . . .
The public meetings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 to Aug. 19 in the following locations.......................