Update on Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section - September 2017

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) continues its commitment to keep the community informed and to study high-speed rail routes to connect two key multi-modal hubs in Southern California, the Hollywood Burbank Airport and the Los Angeles Union Station, including those presented during our public meetings in the fall of 2016.  Additional community meetings were held in the Spring/Summer of 2017 to share previews of grade separation concepts along the corridor with those communities that could be directly affected.
If you missed the meetings, you can find all meeting materials here under “Community Meetings.”
What's Next
We will be extending the environmental review and outreach process so that we have ample time to collaborate on the alternatives under study. At the appropriate time, we will be releasing an updated schedule to reflect this additional time for outreach, information sharing, and coordination.
Throughout the entire process, the Authority will continue to engage with members of the public and stakeholders as project information and findings from technical studies become available. No board action will be taken prior to the presentation of relevant information to the public for their comments and valuable input.
Rosecrans/Marquardt Grade Separation Project
High-speed rail is investing funds in the Rosecrans/Marquardt grade separation project in the City of Santa Fe Springs.  The existing intersection is rated by the California Public Utilities Commission as the most hazardous grade crossing in the state. In collaboration with Caltrans, Metro, BNSF Railway and the City of Santa Fe Springs, the Authority will provide more than 50% of the funding for the $155 million towards this key safety improvement project.
The Rosecrans/Marquardt Grade Separation Project will substantially enhance safety and traffic and is expected to begin construction in 2019, ultimately providing local mobility benefits and preparing the corridor for high-speed trains.

Rosecrans/Marquardt Grade Separation Project

Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section Map
Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section Map
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Regional and Statewide Updates
Sustainability Goals:
With over 50 million people anticipated to be living in California by 2050, high-speed rail can accommodate their transportation needs with a more efficient, sustainable alternative.  The Authority has prepared a number of recent studies that discuss priorities, plans to achieve them, and highlight overall benefits of investments to date in sustainability and related early investment projects across the state.
The goal is to be the greenest infrastructure project in the Nation, both in construction and operations. This modern rail network will:
  • Connect all of California’s major economic and population centers like never before
  • Keep California competitive in the global economy
  • Shape and revitalize our cities and communities
  • Protect our environment, reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, and create a more sustainable future 
Construction Updates:
  • In the Pacheco Pass between Merced and Gilroy, drilling crews are taking soil and rock samples from several locations within the public right of way to determine the exact conditions of the ground, hundreds of feet below the surface, where roughly 13 miles of future high-speed rail tunnels are proposed.
drilling crews are taking soil and rock samples     
  • The Authority has recently launched an interactive website BuildHSR.com, featuring essential information about the 119-miles of construction underway in the Central Valley.  Visit www.buildhsr.com to see the latest updates.
  • High-Speed Rail is under construction in the Central Valley. To stay informed with construction progress and see the latest video visit the new website or YouTube channel.
 Construction Update Video
Economic Impacts: 
As the High-Speed Rail program moves forward, direct investment in California and the region continue. The economic impacts of High-Speed Rail also include indirect and induced effects. When a construction worker is hired, it can also mean renting machinery for the job, and housing, groceries, and other money the worker spends. Watch how the process works:

Economic Impacts
Small Business Program Update: 
The Authority is committed to small businesses playing a major role in building the statewide high-speed rail project. The Small Business Program has an aggressive 30% participation goal for small business, including:
  • 10% Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)
  • 3% Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE)
 Small Business Program Update
Early Train Operator:
The Authority has issued a Request for Proposals in order to select the Early Train Operator (ETO) for the California High-Speed Rail System. As of September 6, the Authority received four full proposals for an ETO. Engaging a train operator early in the planning and construction process will help the Authority shape future procurements and provide important guidance as we continue progress on the nation’s first high-speed rail program.

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Stay Connected
Via Email:  Burbank_Los.Angeles@hsr.ca.gov
Via Phone:  (877) 977­1660