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Local community meeting set on high-speed rail

Posted: May 22, 2014 6:43 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2014 6:43 p.m.

A community meeting to discuss the proposed California high-speed rail system is scheduled for Thursday, June 5 in Newhall.

It is one of five meetings being conducted by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to discuss the route for the Palmdale to Los Angeles project section, which includes potential routes through the Santa Clarita Valley.

The local June 5 meeting will be held at William S. Hart Park in Newhall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a presentation by officials from the High-Speed Rail Authority at 6:30 p.m., according to authority spokeswoman Lisa Marie Alley.

“We’re basically going to the people and saying, ‘Here’s what we’re looking at, what do you think, what do you feel, do you think there’s anything else we should be looking at?’” Alley said.

“We’re still looking at a number of different things, but this is a time to talk to the people and get their feedback,” Alley said.

One of the route options being considered is taking the train through a tunnel as it makes its way through Sand Canyon, according to officials.

The Santa Clarita City Council asked the High-Speed Rail Authority to consider that option back in 2012, according to city Intergovernmental Relations Officer Michael Murphy.

“I think in the intervening two years what they’ve been able to do is more specifically look at the components that go with a tunnel extension,” Murphy said. “So now, as they’ve refined their focus on this particular area, the High-Speed Rail Authority staff believes it is more feasible to include the tunnel in the alternatives to be studied.”

City officials have said that the tunneling would lessen some of the impacts of the train, which under some route options would pass close to homes, schools and a church in the Sand Canyon area.

Voters originally approved the high-speed rail project in 2008 with the idea to connect Los Angeles Union Station and Anaheim to San Francisco, with links at other large state population centers.

The train is projected to travel at speeds of up to 220 mph.
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lars1: Posted: May 22, 2014 8:13 p.m.

Everyone should ask this "Lisa Marie Alley" what drugs are you on?

According to the web site

There will be over 300 high speed trains a day(one every 9 minutes), and the travel time from LA to SF will be 160 minutes.
In order to be profitable this will cost 10 times the amount of air travel.

Airplanes can make the trip in 85 minutes!
What do you do if you want to go someplace other than SF?
Take a plane! Planes go wherever you want to go a lot quicker and cheaper. High Speed Train Plans will be as far as any high speed train will ever go.

It currently takes about an hour to go to Downtown La from Santa Clarita because the train has to stop many times because there are not two tracks to run on. Why isn't this fixed first before you put a high speed train anywhere?

cms96: Posted: May 23, 2014 9:08 p.m.

This will probably not happen in our lifetime.

ricketzz: Posted: May 23, 2014 6:25 a.m.

Airplanes are bad for the environment and should be used only where trains are impractical (like over the ocean). The whole modern world uses high speed trains, maybe we should try to catch up. Planes are cheap only if you go to places with many airlines. Fares get high very fast when trying to get to mid-size, small markets.

I will pounce readily on anyone who ignores the environment.

SReilly12: Posted: May 23, 2014 7:04 a.m.

Not to worry......Neel Kaskari is going to take his little ax to this once he wins the election!!!

17trillion: Posted: May 23, 2014 7:57 a.m.

Gosh Ricketzz, the whole modern world? Canada doesn't have them or Russia. In other words, perhaps the SIZE of our country has something to do with how friggin moronic this plan is. IF it ever gets done, we all know the final cost will be north of a 100 billion dollars. It will never be profitable and it will never achieve the speed being advertised.

"Ignore the environment"? Is that like climate denial?

lars1: Posted: May 23, 2014 9:40 a.m.

Santa Clarita is 35 miles from downtown LA, 60 minutes on one of the 15 trains per day. None of the trains are full. During non-rush hour times, the trains are almost empty.

La is 380 miles to San Francisco. How can a train make it in 160 minutes?
According to that logic the train ride from Santa Clarita to Downtown La is one tenth the distance (35 miles/380 miles). Can they build a prototype that make the commute in one tenth the time (16 minutes)? People would love that!
How can there be a train every 9 minutes, or over 300 trains per day?
How many people will be on each train?
How much is it going to cost to travel from LA to SF?
If you want to go to Portland, or anywhere the train does not go, what do you do?

ricketzz must work for a government agency.
He cannot answer these questions, his only comment "planes are bad for the environment". He is a moron.
I don't think he knows that trains over/under water in bridges and tunnels.

The government has NO FINANCIAL ABILITY. Just raise taxes on the people.
Free market economies produce demand. Not governments.

The state is working making it hell to own a car in California. Metro, a government agency, is installing par per use carpool lanes in Santa Clarita. We already paid for these lanes. They will be changing over all carpool lanes to pay per use. To use the carpool lanes, a transponder installed in your car will be necessary. The transponder tracks your movement. In order to increase tax revenues, California will install a VMT. (Vehicle Mileage Tax). In addition to taxes on Gasoline, you will be initially charged 20 cents per mile. If you travel on roads, you will be charged a "city fee" to pay for road repair.

All this money will be used to pay the salaries of the HUGE INFRASTRUCTURE of worthless government employees. The money will be used for their exorbitant salaries and pensions, just like spokeswoman Lisa Marie Alley
and city Intergovernmental Relations Officer Michael Murphy.

underwater: Posted: May 23, 2014 10:24 a.m.

Well said lars1.
Ricketzz also sounds like a liberal eco-nut with no common sense. He should know that airplanes help prevent global warming. The trails the planes leave behind shade the earth from the sun. HA HA

CastaicClay: Posted: May 23, 2014 11:11 a.m.

The whole thing has become a boondoggle. If it is ever built it should follow I-5.

ricketzz: Posted: May 24, 2014 6:54 a.m.

Russia has high speed rail. Canada is turning into an oligarch's Libertarian nightmare and hardly an example of "doing things right".

The transponder doesn't track your movements (and people think I'm paranoid). It sends your account number code to a radio at the high speed "toll booth" when you pass it, and the stationary radio tells it to. That is what transponder means. It doesn't transmit until asked to.

Autos are on the endangered species list, or we are. That is why we are moving back into the big cities. The price of motor fuel will soon reflect the total cost of using it, including loss of habitat for humans. The scientists are calling the current epoch The Great Extinction and you think it'll all get better if you shrug off an old man on the local fishwrap bulletin board?

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