High-speed rail authority plans ‘reset’ of proposed line from Anaheim to Los Angeles

October 23, 2015

NORWALK – Six years after the California’s High-Speed Rail Authority ran into lots of static from city officials concerned about plans for a line from Anaheim to Los Angeles, officials are pushing a restart button to get more support from local communities.Website Insert Gathering of Professionals 1 copy

This time, the plan calls for the line to use only the BNSF Railroad and turn it into what is called a “sealed corridor,” said Michelle Boehm, Southern California regional director for the rail authority Wednesday at a community meeting at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex.

That means the railroad would be fenced or walled off from the community, Boehm said. And all of the crossings would be separated, she said.

“I want to assure you that we have a very different plan than we have had in previous years,” said Boehm.

“We have hit the reset button,” she said. “We think we can make this (railroad) corridor a better neighbor than it is today.”

The reaction was one of wait and see from officials whose cities the route will go through.

Reporter Mike Sprague of the Whittier Daily News has the full story by clicking here.


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