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High-Speed Rail Transit Project

A statewide high-speed rail transit project is the result of the Proposition 1A ballot initiative that voters passed in the fall of 2008. It will bring high-speed trains to San Diego. For more information visit the California High-Speed Rail Authority Website at www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov.

Update (5/24/11):

Public Input Meetings on Preliminary Route Alternatives Analysis (June 2011)

You are invited to attend a public input meeting on the Preliminary Alternatives Analysis for the LA to San Diego high-speed rail route. The California High-Speed Rail Authority is holding these “open house” format meetings to get input from the public on the routes they are recommending for moving forward into environmental study. For more on the Preliminary Alternatives Analysis, see below or check-out the flier available at the following link:

TUESDAY, JUNE 14
3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Scripps Miramar Ranch
Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
10301 Scripps Lake Dr.
San Diego, CA 92131

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15
5 – 8 p.m.
Kearny Mesa
MOCII – Auditorium
9192 Topaz Way
San Diego, CA 92123

THURSDAY, JUNE 16
4 – 7 p.m.
Old Town San Diego
Ballard Parent Center
2375 Congress St.
San Diego, CA 92110

THURSDAY, JUNE 30
4 – 7 p.m.
University Towne Center (UTC)
Westfield University Towne Center
Forum Hall
4545 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122

Update (3/18/11):

At their March 3, 2011 meeting, the California High-Speed Rail Authority approved withdrawing alignments through the SR-56 corridor and through Rose Canyon in University City. Alternatives being moved forward into environmental review include:

  • I-15 / Carroll Canyon / University City (underground tunnel) / I-5 to Lindbergh Field
  • I-15 / SR-163 / I-8 to Lindbergh Field

Additional information, including the full report, can be found at the following links:

LA-San Diego Preliminary Alternatives Analysis Cover Memo (PDF)
Executive Summary - Preliminary Alternative Analysis Report (PDF)
Preliminary Alternative Analysis Report (PDF)

Alignment Alternatives & Station Options Carried Forward and Withdrawn

Photo of Murrieta/Temecula to San Diego Map

A local open house for the public to learn more and give input on the remaining routes is being scheduled for May 2011. When available, details will be posted to this webpage.

Update (1/18/11): The Preliminary Alternatives Analysis document is now scheduled to be released for public comment on March 2, 2011. At that time, a number of open houses will be scheduled in the San Diego area.

Informational Meetings (April & May, 2010)

The CHSRA is currently preparing a draft "Alternatives Analysis" report which will study the different impacts of the various proposed routes. They will hold an open house in San Diego sometime in July, 2010 to get input on the route alternatives.

One potential route alternative for high-speed rail now under consideration by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) would take the train through the SR-56 corridor from I-15 to I-5. Other potential alternatives include I-15 to Qualcomm Stadium to I-8 to Lindbergh Field; I-15 to SR-163 to I-8 to Lindbergh Field ; and I-15 to Mira Mesa to University City to I-5 to Lindbergh Field.

A CHSRA representative will present to interested community members about proposed route alternatives on the following dates:

April 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Carmel Valley Community Planning Group Meeting
Carmel Valley Library
3919 Townsgate Dr.

May 5, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board Meeting
Rancho Peñasquitos Doubletree Golf resort
14455 Rancho Peñasquitos Dr.

May 11, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
University Community Planning Group Meeting
Forum Hall, Westfield UTC
4315 La Jolla Village Dr. (above the Wells Fargo Bank)

May 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Torrey Pines Community Planning Board
Del Mar Heights Elementary School MUR
13555 Boquita Drive

February 4th Board Meeting in San Diego

The Board of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) will meet in San Diego on Thursday, February 4 at 9:00 AM. The meeting will be held at the offices of SANDAG, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101.

The first item on the agenda is an opportunity for public comment. Please come and let your voice be heard!

The following is a link to the meeting agenda:
http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/images/chsr/20100202144809_AgendaFebruaryBoardMeeting-links.pdf (PDF)

A copy of the presentation being given at the meeting on the San Diego to Los Angeles section is available at the following link:
http://cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/images/chsr/20100202143821_Agenda_Item_10.pdf (PDF)

As you will note in the presentation, CHSRA staff has proposed several new "potential alternative alignments" for the alternatives analysis, including I-15 to Qualcomm to I-8 to Lindbergh; I-15 to SR-163 to I-8 to Lindbergh; and SR-56. In addition, Qualcomm Stadium is now included as a "new alternative station location per scoping".

Letter to CHSRA (11/20/09)

Councilmember Lightner and Councilmember Frye sent a letter to the California High-Speed Rail Authority on November 20, 2009.

You can find a copy of the full letter at the following link:

Lightner and Frye Letter to CHSRA (PDF)

Make Your Voice Heard

The California High-Speed Rail Authority's public comment period on proposed routes ended on Friday, November 20, 2009.

2005 Program Level EIR/EIS

Councilmember Lightner has arranged for the 2005 environmental study of possible HST routes to be available for public review in the University Community Library, the North University Community Library, and the La Jolla/Riford Library. It is available in flash-drive and DVD formats for review on computer workstations at the library. The study can also be accessed online at the following link:

2005 Program EIR/EIS

Letter to SANDAG Executive Committee (11/12/09)

Councilmember Lightner and Councilmember Frye wrote a letter to SANDAG's Executive Committee on November 12, 2009 requesting that SANDAG's comments to the California High-Speed Rail Authority include the following:

  1. An alignment alternative along I-15 to a station alternative at Qualcomm Stadium be included in the process.
  2. Summary of comments received at local public scoping meetings, including those which the CHSRA has acknowledged receiving.
  3. A corridor to the border should be studied as a part of the project level EIR/EIS.

You can find a copy of the full letter at the following link:

Lightner and Frye Letter to SANDAG Executive Committee (PDF)

Community Meeting (11/10/09)

Councilmember Lightner arranged for representatives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority to present to the community at the November 10, 2009 University Community Planning Group.

Photo of California High-Speed Rail Authority presentation to the University Community Planning Group, November 10, 2009

Press Conference (11/10/09)

Councilmember Lightner held a press conference along with other elected officials on November 10, 2009 to ask the CHSRA to study a route down I-15 to Qualcomm Stadium and extending HST to the border.

Photo of Councilmember Lightner Press Conference, November 10, 2009 Photo of Councilmember Lightner Press Conference, November 10, 2009

Press Release: San Diego Officials Call For High-Speed Rail Route Along I-15 Corridor to Qualcomm (PDF)

Public Meeting Regarding Proposed Routes (10/13/09)

The California High-Speed Rail Authority held a public scoping meeting for its San Diego high-speed rail segment on Tuesday, October 13th from 3 - 7 p.m.at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla, 92037, at the corner of Executive Dr. and Genesee Ave.)

They also held two additional meetings in the San Diego area: Wednesday, October 14th from 3 - 7 p.m. at the Ramada Limited San Diego Airport (1403 Rosecrans St., San Diego, CA 92106) and Thursday, October 15th from 3 - 7 p.m. at the Escondido Center for the Arts (340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 92025.)

The purpose of the scoping meetings was to inform the public about proposed routes for the high-speed rail line through the area, and allow the public to express concerns about them. The information presented at the meeting can be found here:

Scoping Meeting Presentation (PDF)

The comments collected at the meeting, as well as the CHSRA's response to each comment, will be published as a part of the Alternatives Analysis Report. Between June and October 2010, the CHSRA board will release the Alternatives Analysis Report and select a preferred alternative route for the high-speed rail line.

The format of the meeting will be a workshop or fair, with displays, staff on hand to answer questions, and handouts, but no scheduled presentations. From 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. the meeting will be tailored to public agencies, and from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. the meeting will be tailored to members of the public, although anyone can come and go at any time.