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1/21/2022



Rail News: High-Speed Rail

California HSR board clears environmental steps to advance service to L.A.


The board’s actions mark the second certification of an environmental document in Southern California and the first in the Los Angeles Basin.
Photo – CHSRA

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The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (CHSRA) board yesterday approved the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the 14-mile Burbank-to-Los Angeles project section.

Yesterday’s action clears the way for full California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) clearance of nearly 300 miles of the high-speed rail project’s 500-mile Phase 1 alignment from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim, CHSRA officials said in a press release.

The board’s actions mark the second certification of an environmental document in Southern California and the first in the Los Angeles Basin.

The alignment for this project section will primarily use existing railroad right-of-way adjacent to the Los Angeles River through the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles. High-speed rail service along this route will improve long-term air quality, decrease rail congestion and increase mobility, authority officials said.

Certification of the final environmental document and approval of the Burbank-to-Los Angeles project section reaffirms the authority’s commitment to complete the environmental process for the full Phase 1 California high-speed rail system from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim by 2023.

The CHSRA board will consider the final environmental documents for the San Jose-to-Merced and San Francisco-to-San Jose project sections in April and June.




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