Environmental report approved for Burbank-LA portion of high-speed train – Daily News

LOS ANGELES — The California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority approved a final environmental impact report on Thursday, Jan. 20, for a planned 14-mile section of the project between Burbank and Los Angeles, bringing the area closer to service. high-speed rail meant one day connecting the Los Angeles area to San Francisco.

With the board clearing the way for the Burbank section of Los Angeles, nearly 300 miles of the 500-mile Phase 1 alignment of the San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim project has been approved, according to the authority.

“Today’s approval represents a historic milestone and brings us closer to providing the first high-speed rail system in the United States,” said Authority CEO Brian Kelly.

“We appreciate the continued support and collaboration with local and regional agencies and stakeholders as we work together to improve transportation in California.”

The selected route would use an existing rail corridor adjacent to the Los Angeles River from a new station at Hollywood Burbank Airport, to Glendale and to Union Station in Los Angeles.

The board will consider approval for the San Jose to Merced and San Francisco to San Jose chapters in April and June. The council hopes to complete the environmental process for the complete Phase 1 system from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim by 2023.

There are 119 miles under construction at 35 active construction sites in the Central Valley, according to the authority, which added that more than 7,000 construction jobs have been created by the project.

The authority also touts the project for its potential to improve air quality, reduce congestion and increase mobility in California.

Jose P. Rogers