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California may bypass Tehachapis on high speed rail route

Published: May 5, 2011
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California High Speed Rail Authority may pursue a route through Grapevine, Calif., that would miss the Tehachapi Mountains, KBAK News in Bakersfield, Calif., has reported. The “Grapevine” would be a change of policy from earlier plans, but the authority says the alignment would be preferable.

Earlier plans had called for a Tehachapi routing via Palmdale, Calif., because it would be less mountainous than the grapevine route. The authority said it would also present fewer seismic problems and be less expensive.

However, it would also be approximately 25 miles longer. And further studies say the Tehachapi alignment might require more tunneling than previously thought, which would lead to higher costs.

The authority will now launch a detailed study of the two alternatives to decide which would be preferable.
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RAY B JONES from NEVADA said:
I agree with Castor's idea about the coast route not being good for high speed trains. I am a retired train dispatcher off the SPRR. I like the idea this would be competing with the airlines. Get somebody who knows what he is talking about.
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RAY B JONES from NEVADA said:
I agree with Castor's idea about the coast route not being good for high speed trains. I am a retired train dispatcher off the SPRR. I like the idea this would be competing with the airlines. Get somebody who knows what he is talking about.
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GEORGE PISCHING from CALIFORNIA said:
The original concept proposed and passed by the people of California was to provide a fastest, direct route between LA and SF. (along with the bond to finance it). It was to be a conjestion solution to the airline/airport conflicts.

That route at the time was considered the Coast Starlight Route and to improve the right of way to high speed service.
The LA to SF (and vice versa) volume of traffic was versus the airlines volume.

The services to the rest of the state was not the considered issue and would be serviced in a parallel manner as the San Joaquin trains would be updated and connected to LA.

Somewhere along the way the politicians decided they wanted in on the good idea. And now look at the cluster ... that has turned into.
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M MCCLURE from CALIFORNIA said:
no link to san diego is upsetting...good luck. no investors have touched this project
WILLIAM E ODONNELL from CALIFORNIA said:
A line next to highway #138 from North of Lancaster to Gorman would be easy as there is a lot of open range. I flew over the mountain areas in my Cessna going north many times and I saw a lot of possibilities of getting into the San Joaquin Valley through some of the passes with some tunneling. That would give you a straight shot to the Bakersfield Amtrak Station.
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