Two Options for L.A. High Speed Rail Station

High speed rail is slowly transitioning from idea to reality in California, and one of its major stops will be in Los Angeles. But exactly where in Los Angeles remains an unanswered question.
December 5, 2009, 7am PST | Nate Berg
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The new rail system will require an updated train station in L.A. The City Council recently urged the state high speed rail authority to consider two options.

"Councilman Ed Reyes said the alternatives were crucial to protecting residents in East L.A. as planners determine the route for the 800-mile bullet train between Northern California and San Diego. Proponents say the train would carry passengers from L.A. to San Francisco in about 2 1/2 hours.

The two alternatives are an aerial stop at Union Station where the bullet train would be stacked above Metrolink tracks, or a stop on the east side of Patsaouras Transit Plaza, along Vignes Street.

A city planner said the second option could minimize intrusions into communities north and south."

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Published on Thursday, December 3, 2009 in Los Angeles Times
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