Back to the subject of HIGH SPEED TRAINS linking Anaheim to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento:
Mobility Summit concludes L.A. County should prepare for high-speed rail (LA Daily News)See also: Mobility summit consensus: Prepare for high-speed rail - LA Daily NewsWhile funding remains a question, transit experts at the Valley Mobility Summit 2012 in Valencia Monday concluded optimistically that high-speed rail is heading our way and L.A. County transit agencies need to coordinate planning efforts to take full advantage of it. Who knows? Maybe planning for high-speed rail would develop into a new kind of coordination that could significantly benefit our region.
Some components of that system could be in place around the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys in 10 years, according to various estimates.
One goal is to have the high-speed line connect to other transit systems at Palmdale to feed passengers in and out the Los Angeles area. It's a big project, but California is used to this kind of a challenge, said Jeff Morales, the rail authority's CEO.
"California is the ninth biggest economy in the world. This is not just about getting people from Point A to Point B. It's about connecting economies," he said.
The project is expected to create "tens of thousands of jobs," he noted.
Plans call for 800 miles of track and 24 stations along the route from San Francisco to San Diego. A trip from the Bay Area to Los Angeles would take two hours and 40 minutes, officials said.
It's a long-term view because the system could take 25 to 30 years to build.
Morales said the authority is hoping that local agencies along the line will work toward a "blended system" to get the most efficiency out of high-speed rail for the region.
"It will make high-speed rail a success when it comes into L.A.," Morales said.
Some big rail transit projects are already under way that will tie into the new network.
This summer Bob Hope Airport broke ground on a 520,000-square-foot Regional Intermodal Transportation Center on the site of an old parking lot. The $112.6 million facility, which is expected to be finished in 2014, will help ease the flow of passengers who arrive via public transportation.
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For a map of the statewide system, click here: California High-Speed Rail Authority
Burbank to Anaheim - 27 minutes
Palmdale to Anaheim - 46 minutes
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