The revised High Speed Rail route from Palmdale to Burbank has just come in.
Guess what? It’s still all about building super-expensive tunnels instead of above ground tracks. Which’ll be wonderful in an earthquake along the San Andreas, right?
Something that’s not marked on their map, btw.
Even the proposed 14 route is still mostly tunnels, although they’d probably be cut and cover instead of bored.
Still no station planned between Burbank and Palmdale though, which effectively makes this HSR completely useless for the most newly popular and expansive neighborhood(s) in Los Angeles County. The ones that are pegged for huge growth in the next 50 years.
Good work there, guys. Cutting off Newhall to Castaic makes a lot of sense. Yeah, those people can drive all the way down to Burbank to then travel back up North.
The earliest news stories on this — and there have only been few — also seem to have misinterpreted the map, along with some other major inaccuracies. According to the key above, it’s going to be mostly tunnel work to Palmdale (dark blue). They’re clearly not dropping tunnels between Burbank and Palmdale.
There’s even more of them, unbelievably, in this revised plan, and supposedly to placate the neighbors. The one big change is that the more extensive through-the-mountains route has been eliminated.
They’re also placing the new 14 San Fernando-north tunnel well away from Canyon Country now, thus cutting that area off even more than it was.
Here’s an idea, since what they’re putting on the table this week is still totally nutty. Why not just put this HSR above ground to Canyon Country, and then pin it along 14 above ground as well? It’d be both considerably cheaper to build and more functional. And a much prettier trip.
Too easy, right? Also not profitable enough for the Highway Lobby.
So you think it’ll ever get built?
Nope. Not with these plans. Too uselessly expensive– just as we’ve pointed out.
Just a note:
The map we’re using here is the latest just issued, the one with the three “Refined” routes. Most news stories and blogs though are still using last month’s map based upon the old “2015” routes, the various multiple “E” ones through the mountains and woods.
That’s how confusing — and flaky — this proposed project has become. Changes were announced in March, but even more were made in April. They dropped the tunneling to Union Station, but created even more of it beyond Burbank north.