Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Overview

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The Palmdale to Burbank Project Section is part of Phase 1 of the California High-Speed Rail System connecting the Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley, which will bring high-speed rail service to the urban Los Angeles area with a new modern rail line that dramatically reduces travel time between the Antelope Valley and the Los Angeles Basin.

Upon completion, the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section will:

  • Connect the Palmdale and Burbank Airport stations, designed at speeds that would support a 13-minute non-stop travel time, with operation time about 17 minutes.

  • Provide economic and employment benefi­ts for the community, region and state

  • Connect high-speed rail to the region via existing and planned Metrolink stations

  • Provide a link to the proposed Brightline West train to Las Vegas at Palmdale

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has worked continuously with public agency and community stakeholders to incorporate re­finements to the design that further avoid or minimize potential impacts to existing facilities, land uses, environmental resources and communities. As a result, in 2020 the Authority developed additional build alternatives to be included in the environmental review process.

These additional alternatives are based on the prior Build Alternatives Refined SR14, E1 and E2, but have been modifi­ed to reduce potential impacts to sensitive aquatic resources south of Palmdale, including Una Lake.

The additional build alternatives are referred to as SR14A, E1A and E2A. The prior alternatives of Re­fined SR14, E1 and E2 are included in the environmental review for a total of six build alternatives that are analyzed in the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). The EIR/EIS addresses many topic areas, including traffic, air quality, noise, vibration, aesthetics and more.

State’s Preferred Alternative: SR14A

The alternative determined to best balance trade-offs between environmental, community, performance, operations, and construction factors is known as the Preferred Alternative. For the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section, the State’s Preferred Alternative, SR14A, is approximately 38 miles long and connects the cities of Palmdale and Burbank. It will partially use the existing Metrolink right-of-way to the extent possible for approximately three miles in the San Fernando Valley. The Preferred Alternative would avoid crossing Una Lake and minimizes impacts to nearby wetlands. Trains operating along the Preferred Alternative would be underground through the community of Acton, the Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. SR14A is also underground where it crosses the Pacifi­c Crest Trail, avoiding impacts to the trail. Through the northern portion of the San Fernando Valley, SR14A is in a tunnel and emerges near the Hansen Dam Spreading Grounds, and then follows the Metrolink/Union Pacifi­c corridor to Burbank.

P-B Overview Map


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Fall 2022 Community Meeting (English)

Fall 2022 Community Meeting (Spanish)

SR14A Flyover

Palmdale to Burbank, E1A Flyover Video:

Palmdale to Burbank, E2A Flyover Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FmEySi0xeg

Palmdale to Burbank, Refined SR14 Flyover Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axpn9OWGRUI

Palmdale to Burbank, E1 Flyover Video:

Palmdale to Burbank, E2 Flyover Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcDNRO9ZDtw


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Project Section Environmental Documents

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Community Meeting Presentation (Fall 2022)