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Tuesday: High-Speed Rail Open House at Metro

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, September 20, 2010, at 04:34PM
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Backers hope to have the first leg of California's High-Speed Rail system up and running by 2020, but there's a lot to be decided on between now and then. The authority spearheading the effort will be bringing several of its project teams to Metro's 1 Gateway Plaza on Tuesday, September 21, for an open house to discuss various options for how the line would impact Los Angeles and Union Station.

Union Station would serve as the hub for three different high-speed rail segments: one heading north via Palmdale, another headed south to Anaheim and the final segment reaching San Diego via the Inland Empire.

Just how it will do so, though, is still up for debate. Options proposed have included elevated the high-speed tracks over Union Station's existing platforms, tunneling them below the station or placing them to the east of it. Specifics of how the line travels along the Los Angeles River are similarly up for discussion.

Models and maps for all the alternatives will be available at the open house, which is open from 4:30 to 9pm. Presentations will take place at 5:30 and 7:30pm.

Those who can't make it over to Union Station can watch online by tuning in to at either of the presentation times.


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