Palmdale to Burbank, a look ahead: Connecting two key population centers

map showing the proposed route of the segment of the California High-Speed Rail line connecting Burbank and Palmdale. Graphic courtesy of the California High-Speed Rail.

In the fourth quarter 2021, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) anticipates issuing the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section. The Palmdale to Burbank Project Section will connect the Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley, which will bring high-speed rail service to the urban Los Angeles area with a new modern rail line that dramatically reduces travel time between the Antelope Valley and the Los Angeles Basin.

This project section will connect two key population centers in Los Angeles County with multi-modal transportation hubs at the Palmdale Transportation Center and Hollywood Burbank Airport Station.

These station locations will provide an additional link between the Antelope Valley, the Los Angeles basin, the state at large and the rest of the U.S. through eventual connections to the Hollywood Burbank Airport and other high-speed trains.

The City of Palmdale and the Authority are currently working together to develop a station area plan that will help the City promote economic development, encourage station area development and enhance connectivity to other modes of transportation.

Upon completion, the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section will:

  • Provide a new link between Central and Southern California and the statewide transportation network;
  • Connect the Palmdale Transportation Center to the Hollywood Burbank Airport Station with an approximately 25-minute high-speed rail trip;
  • Provide new opportunities for economic development and connections to many destinations and transportation options;
  • Connect high-speed rail to the region via existing and planned Metrolink stations; and
  • Provide connection opportunity in Palmdale to the Brightline West high-speed trains between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
This article was released by the California High-Speed Rail Authority.