The Authority recently released a Supplemental Alternative Analysis (SAA) identifying a new build alternative, the Shared Passenger Track Alternative, to be studied within the environmental document. This alternative is similar to the 2018 High-Speed Rail (HSR) Project Alternative but includes some changes, such as reducing proposed train operating frequency, proposing at-grade crossings in place of previously proposed grade separations, refining designs to best utilize the existing rail corridor, and eliminating the need for a BNSF Intermodal Facility in San Bernardino County. The proposed LA-A Project Section can be seen in Figure 1. The Authority is also studying possible staging tracks sites in the high-desert area as mitigation for freight rail impacts during construction and operation of HSR, seen in Figure 2.
The statewide high-speed rail program and its LA-A Project Section contribute to economic development, a cleaner environment, and job creation; all while investing in regional and local rail lines to meet the State’s 21st century transportation needs.