Bullet train plan in Valley horse country could be derailed by LA City Council

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Artistic renderings by the Save Angeles Forest for Everyone (SAFE) coalition, representing northeast Valley communities affected by the proposed bullet train alternatives. A bridge/tunnel entering Shadow Hills.
Artistic renderings by the Save Angeles Forest for Everyone (SAFE) coalition, representing northeast Valley communities affected by the proposed bullet train alternatives. A bridge/tunnel entering Shadow Hills.

The city of Los Angeles may be the latest opponent of a proposed bullet train route through San Fernando Valley horse country.

Councilman Paul Krekorian has filed a motion to oppose an above-ground high-speed rail route fought by residents from Lake View Terrace to Shadow Hills who say the train would destroy the environment, horse-related businesses and an equestrian way of life.

The motion was filed by Krekorian on Wednesday and is expected to go before a City Council vote early next month. It also falls on the heels of a similar motion filed by Los Angeles schools Board Member Monica Ratliff to oppose the rail route over Big Tujunga Wash.

The route, now known as Refined Alternative E-2, is one of three from Palmdale to Burbank currently under environmental review by the California High-Speed Rail Authority for its $62 billion bullet train across the state.

The proposed motion said the bullet train route that residents have demanded be removed from the study does not address the impact to communities, residents, the environment and the equestrian lifestyle.

It said the bullet train would race across Big Tujunga Wash, a major tributary of the Los Angeles River, now subject to a proposed multi-billion restoration to remove concrete from its riverbed.

“By contrast, the Refined Alternative E-2 proposes to add concrete to the river, destroy its natural undisturbed habitat, impact one of the last remaining ecosystems of threatened and endangered species, and threaten recreational uses by the surrounding equestrian communities by building High Speed Rail at and above grade along the Big Tujunga Wash,” it said.

“The proposed Refined E-2 Alignment is in direct conflict with the goals of the Los Angeles River and ecosystem restoration…”

More details about the council motion were pending Thursday.



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