Significant Information Regarding California High Speed Rail


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Next, let’s level about high speed rail.  I have nothing but respect for Governor Brown’s and Governor Schwarzenegger’s ambitious vision. I share it. And there’s no doubt that our state’s economy and quality of life depend on improving transportation.

But let’s be real. The project, as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long. There’s been too little oversight and not enough transparency.

Right now, there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A. I wish there were.

However, we do have the capacity to complete a high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield.

I know that some critics will say this is a “train to nowhere.”  But that’s wrong and offensive. The people of the Central Valley endure the worst air pollution in America as well as some of the longest commutes. And they have suffered too many years of neglect from policymakers here in Sacramento. They deserve better.

High Speed Rail is much more than a train project.  It’s about economic transformation and unlocking the enormous potential of the Valley.

We can align our economic and workforce development strategies, anchored by High Speed Rail, and pair them with tools like opportunity zones, to form the backbone of a reinvigorated Central Valley economy.

Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield, and communities in between are more dynamic than many realize.

The Valley may be known around the world for agriculture, but there is another story ready to be told. A story of a region hungry for investment, a workforce eager for more training and good jobs, Californians who deserve a fair share of our state’s prosperity.

Look, we will continue our regional projects north and south. We’ll finish Phase 1 environmental work. We’ll connect the revitalized Central Valley to other parts of the state, and continue to push for more federal funding and private dollars. But let’s just get something done.

For those who want to walk away from this whole endeavor, I offer you this:

Abandoning high speed rail entirely means we will have wasted billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises and lawsuits to show for it.

And by the way, I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump.

Nor am I interested in repeating the same old mistakes.

Today I am ordering new transparency measures.

We’re going to hold contractors and consultants accountable to explain how taxpayer dollars are spent – including change orders, cost overruns, even travel expenses. It’s going online, for everybody to see.

You’re also going to see some governance changes, starting with my pick for the next chair of the High Speed Rail Authority, Lenny Mendonca, my Economic Development Director. Because, at the end of the day, transportation and economic development must go hand in hand.



Call to Action Flyer!
with contact information & timelines


High Speed Rail Information & Details

Proposition 1A – What was approved by the California voters on Nov. 4, 2008.
(Download Text of Proposition 1A)
What is Permit to Enter – Explanation by HSR Authority of letters that were sent out to property owners.



President Obama Designates the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument


The High Speed Rail (here it is the Eurostar) sound at 190 MPH.


CNN Report: “California high-speed rail to nowhere?”

Environmental Concerns

“Examination of Potential Impacts of High Speed Rail’s National Forest Routes on Los Angeles’ Locally-Sourced Drinking Water from Little Tujunga Canyon” by Kristen C. Sabo

Presidential Proclamation — San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Plan and Land Management Plan Amendment – Project Documents

San Gabriel Mountains becomes National Monument


Government and Elected Officials

Antonovich – Kuehl – Fuentes Letter to CHSRA regarding above ground routes. June 2, 2015


Schiff Letter to HSR Authority Regarding Corridor Concerns


Schiff/Chu Letter regarding concerns for HSR to go through Angeles National Forest


Article by State Assemblymember Scott Wilk of the 38th District on his proposed law to stop the High Speed Rail project and divert the existing money to schools.


Supervisor Mike Antonovich Letter to CA HSR Authority, 4-8-2014
“With this letter I would like to reiterate, for the purposes of the 2014 Business Plan comment period, my support for the Authority’s review of a tunnel oriented alternative between the Palmdale Transportation Center (PTC) and the San Fernando Valley Burbank/Bob Hope Airport station option.”

“I first wrote to encourage the Authority to take a look at this potentially more direct, faster, less costly, and less community intrusive route in October of 2013, due to the overall positive impact such an alternative could have on my district and its constituents.”

Antonovich HSR Scoping Letter, 9-12-2014


Antonovich Remarks regarding HSR


10-11-11 The Daily News Op-Ed: “Michael D. Antonovich: Upgrading our existing lines is best rail idea” by Michael D. Antonovich


LA Equine Advisory Committee Letter of Support to Eliminate the HSR East Corridor Proposal


Letter from The Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations, Inc. to the HSR Authority urging them to abandon the East Corridor proposal

The Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) is a railway tunnel in the heart of the Swiss Alps expected to open in 2016. With a route length of 35.4 mi and a total of 94.3 mi of tunnels, shafts and passages, it is the world’s longest rail tunnel. (Click to view this 43 minute video on YouTube)

This animation shows an example of what a tunnel boring machine looks like and how it works. Of course the exact type of tunnel boring machine might be different for use in the Angeles Forest and under the LA streets.