|Dear Project Stakeholder:
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) invites you to join us for the upcoming in-person information sessions, which will focus on the release of the project-level Draft EIR/EIS for the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section. During the information sessions, you will have the opportunity to receive more information about the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section as well ask questions about the project and the Draft EIR/EIS.
The in-person information sessions will be held on:
Information Session - Northern Section:
Palmdale, Acton/Agua Dulce and Santa Clarita
Information Session - Southern Section:
San Fernando Valley
The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIR/EIS) is available for public review and comment from September 2, 2022, to December 1, 2022. Comments must be received electronically or postmarked on or before 5 p.m. PST on December 1, 2022.
Please use this link to access the document and information on how to provide formal comments.
These two information sessions are not the only informational opportunities for this project section. In conjunction with the public review period for the Draft EIR/EIS, the Authority also invites the public to participate in an online open house and an online public hearing. The open house meeting will provide the public an overview of the environmental document, opportunity for attendees to review and ask questions about the Draft EIR/EIS, and information on where to access the environmental document and how to participate in the public comment process. The public hearing will provide an opportunity to submit verbal comments on the Draft EIR/EIS.
*Opportunity to provide public comment
The Palmdale to Burbank Project Section will connect two key population centers in Los Angeles County by linking future multi-modal transportation hubs in Palmdale and Burbank. Both of these stations were approved by the Authority Board of Directors as part of other project sections. The Palmdale Station was approved by the Authority Board of Directors as part of the Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section in August 2021, while the Burbank Airport Station was approved by the Authority Board of Directors as part of the Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section in January 2022. This project section will provide a critical link between the Bakersfield to Palmdale and the Burbank to Los Angeles Project Sections.
For your reference, you can find a news release regarding this document and the process behind it here.
Thank you for your interest in the high-speed rail project. We look forward to continuing to work with you throughout this process.
The Authority is issuing this document as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and also under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) effective as of July 23, 2019. The MOU is between the State of California and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) under a program commonly known as NEPA assignment (the MOU assigned FRA’s NEPA responsibilities for the project to the State of California).
Southern California Regional Director
California High-Speed Rail Authority
Palmdale to Burbank Project Section