Hundreds of people showed up at a public hearing last week to speak against the state’s $68 billion bullet train that would slice its way through their communities. Most of the opponents at the board meeting of the California High-Speed Rail Authority were from the San Fernando Valley and northern L.A. County. But their concerns about noise, vibration and disruption might also be shared by the residents of Atwater Village, Cypress Park, Glassell Park and Lincoln Heights who live near the proposed bullet train route.
The exact route between L.A. Union Station and Burbank is still far from being determined but officials are focusing on these possible alignments:
- Alignment 1: Trains would pass through a tunnel (pictured in purple in the map below) bored under Solano Canyon, Elysian Park and Elysian Valley before emerging in Glassell Park. The trains would then travel along the existing Metrolink train tracks that run between San Fernando Road and the L.A. River. The route through Atwater parallels the Metrolink train tracks.
- Alignment 2: Similar to Alignment 1 but the route jogs to the south near Solano Canyon.
- Alignment 3: Trains would travel along an elevated track (shown in blue on the map) that would pass through Chinatown and then run along the Lincoln Height side of the L.A. River. The trains would then run on the ground on a route (pictured in green on the map) that parallels the Metrolink trains tracks through Cypress Park, Glassell Park and Atwater Village.
It’s not clear how noisy or fast the trains – which could travel at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour – will be when traveling through this section.
“Until environmental studies are completed, we really can’t give you a specific answer as to the speed and noise,” said rail authority spokesperson Adeline Yee. “But typically, high-speed rail trains are less noisy in comparison to diesel freight trains. Our system will travel at speeds up to 220 mph but in urban areas, it would be slower due to safety reasons.”
With the Union Station-to-Burbank section of the line not expected to open until 2029, officials are still “years away” from selecting a final route, Yee said.
- Burbank-to-Los Angeles Project Section. CHSRA