Since 2001, Authority has been working to bring modern high-speed train service to the State. Since that time, the project has undergone a series of environmental review processes, which included the original Notice of Intent/Notice of Preparation (NOI/NOP) in 2007, per the requirement of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Authority is conducting a second series of scoping meetings for the Los Angeles to Anaheim Project Section. The section is part of the first phase of building the nation’s first high-speed rail system and runs approximately 30 miles connecting Los Angeles Union Station to the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) using the existing Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor. In order to provide for the growth of passenger rail service in the Los Angeles to Anaheim corridor, and avoid disrupting goods movement activities vital to the region, the Authority has recently added two new project components for additional analysis, the BNSF Colton Intermodal Facility (Colton Component) and the BNSF Lenwood Staging Track (Lenwood Component), the latter of which is located near Barstow.
As a result of adding these components, the Authority will conduct a public scoping process for the environmental studies. Public scoping meetings are an important step in the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) in accordance with federal/state requirements. Join us at the Telephone Town Hall to learn more about this project and attend a scoping meeting provide your input on the project, including the additional Colton and Lenwood components. Station 5 also provides additional ways to comment during the scoping period.