California officials to consider latest high-speed rail proposal

California officials to consider latest high-speed rail proposal

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is set to review the state's latest high-speed rail proposal at a meeting in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 12.

The plan proposes to create one of the longest rail tunnels in North America, which would allow people to commute at a really high speed between Northern California and the San Fernando Valley.

However under the new plan, the rail line would remain above ground in most of Los Angeles.
Instead, the new plan proposes to bore tunnels under the mountains at San Fernando Valley's northeast end, and then drill tunnels up to fourteen miles from Acton to the San Fernando Valley.

The latest plan also proposes that there would be bridges and an additional ten miles of shorter tunnels along the Antelope Valley Freeway near Palmdale. A total of three tunnel alignments are envisioned, which may affect rural neighborhoods at the eastern end of the S.F. Valley.

The northernmost route, dubbed SR14, would have 21,717 houses within just three hundred feet of the core of the above-ground tracks. The other two alignments, called E1 and E2, would have 22,232 and 14,328 homes in close proximity, respectively.

Construction of the high-speed rail line has already started near Fresno, but funding hasn't been found for most of the $68 billion project. The project is expected to complete in 2025.

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