Basic Facts of HSR affecting the San Fernando Valley Area

Northern to Southern California Route
We are concerned with the: Palmdale to Burbank Section
200+ miles per hour; electric
Federal, State and Private(?) Funding
At-Grade, Elevated or Tunneled
Tunnels are 60 feet below surface minimum; 45 feet – 50 feet high

Could this happen to us?

READ THE ARTICLE  The drill got stuck under the City of Seattle and they have to dig from the surface to pull it out (what if it got stuck under YOUR house?) Yes, it could happen! See the CNN video: “World’s largest tunneling machine still stuck”.
ALSO! Stuck in Seattle: The Aggravating Adventures of a Gigantic Tunnel Drill



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Impacts and Damage


Tunnels 150 feet X 60 feet (2 tunnels with service corridor)
RE property values
Eminent domain
Water supply/quality
EQ trails, stables, therapy
Audible/visible for miles
Health/safety of horses, wildlife, public
1 million truck trips
Road infrastructure
Dirt out; materials in
Dust, truck emissions, noise, vibration

Ongoing Operations

RE property values
EQ trails, stables, therapy
EQ industry losses
Water supply/quality
60 feet X 50 feet tunnel holes
Audible/visible for miles
Noise, dust, vibration
National Monument
National Forest
Rim of the Valley
Wildlife Corridors

HSR Timeline

2007 – NOI/NOP
2008 – approved by voters (52%); existing transportation and utility corridors; $9 billion
Fall 2013 – Supervisor Antonovich tunneling request
August 2014 – EIR/EIS scoping meetings; yellowbanana debuted
Sept. 12 – end scoping period; 6,000 comments
September – S.A.F.E. Official
October 10 -San Gabriel Mountains became a National Monument
December 2 – East Corridor alternatives introduced
December 22 – S.A.F.E. Position Statement
December 25 – Congressman Schiff calls for HSR to "scrap its plan to study the Angeles National Forest as a possible route and go back to its original plan."
January 7 – Daily News front page, NBC, ABC news coverage
January 7 – Permit-to-Enter (PTE) letters received by property owners
January 13 – Train Wreck Meeting
February/March 2015 – HSR Authority holds Community Outreach meetings with Community Leaders
March, April, May and June – S.A.F.E. Coalition meetings with CHSRA and working group continue on regular basis
April – next round of CHSRA community advisory meetings to occur
May/June – next community meeting at All Nations Church in Lake View Terrace
May 2015 – is to schedule public forum meetings
June/July 2015 – HSR to finalize routes for study in EIR. This is CRITICAL!
3rd Quarter 2015 – HSR to begin EIR/EIS for Palmdale to Los Angeles.
June 2016 – Draft Environmental Document to be released (likely to be delayed)
June 2017 – Final Environmental Document to be released (likely to be delayed)
2028 – Palmdale to LA Section operational