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Los Angeles to San Diego via Inland Empire Proposed HSR Stations:
We realize that government must not only look at the tangible cost of running and building the high speed rail network, but also the intangible benefits that such a system provides, such as better health, less pollution, reasonable travel time, ease of use, and coordinated schedules with a minimum amount of transferring between routes. Properly locating these high speed rail stations within existing activity nodes will be necessary.
CHSRA has completed a Preliminary Alternative Analysis for the LA-SD project and has selected several stations and routing alternatives for further consideration for the project.
Los Angeles Union Station
Los Angeles Metro purchased the historic Union Station for $75 million from Catellus Operating Limited Partnership. LA Metro expects a surge in passenger traffic from the proposed Westside subway extension, a planned downtown connector for the region's light-rail lines, increased bus service and the state's high-speed rail system.
From Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS), passengers can transfer to one of several rail and bus lines to reach additional LA destinations like LA Live, Hollywood, Pasadena, and West LA. Upon completion, high speed rail passengers will be able to get from LAUS to San Francisco Transbay Terminal in just over 2 1/2 hours.
CHSRA has discussed partnership in the station acquisition. CHSRA still needs approvals from the state public works department and the California Transportation Commission.
El Monte Transit Center
This station is proposed to be integrated with the El Monte Transit Center, the eastern terminus station of the popular El Monte Busway linking San Gabriel Valley suburban cities to downtown Los Angeles destinations via the Metro Silver Line and Foothill Transit Silver Streak. This station is locally supported.
West Covina Station
This station is proposed to be developed adjacent to downtown West Covina and major shopping centers near the I-10 freeway. The site is located approximately equidistant between LAUS and the Ontario International Airport. Significant site constraints require further study and may require local design and siting options.
This intermodal station is within a 1/4 mile of Downtown Pomona and two blocks of the existing Pomona TransCenter, connected via Holt Ave. and Garey Ave. This station would require the acquisition of downtown schools, commercial property and local churches.
Ontario Airport Station - Program Alternative
The CA HSR Authority projects that this busy transit station will handle 10,000 passenger boardings per day.
CHSRA should consider a demand analysis of airport and HSR parking so that there will not be a severe parking shortage nor an oversupply for the station. CHSRA should also evaluate the current demands of the aviation market (both long distance and short haul) and analyze the cost time tradeoff for patrons taking short haul airline trips to/from the airport.
The airport also currently has a major ground transportation center on its eastern side. Omnitrans, the local bus transit agency for the area, also utilizes an existing mall as a bus transfer hub approximately one mile northeast. We urge CHSRA to coordinate plans for this station with both airport ground transportation staff and Omnitrans staff.
San Bernardino County Station (Fontana Region)
This station option would provide access to the HST System for the San Bernardino area if the City of San Bernardino Station Option cannot be achieved. The station location would be near a future freeway interchange that would provide intermodal connectivity.
San Bernardino Intermodal Transit Center
The proposed intermodal center will connect HSR with the existing local Omnitrans bus routes, along with the forthcoming sbX Bus Rapid Transit routes, Metrolink extensions, and a future light rail line to downtown Redlands.
This massive transit center is supported by the San Bernardino Association of Governments (SANBAG) and the City of San Bernardino and is comparable in size to the proposed Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center. The Transit Coalition recognizes that this station would provide a strong ridership base and possibly better long distance airline service at San Bernardino Airport; however the coalition also believes that a HSR deviation to San Bernardino must not cause the total trip length between San Diego and Los Angeles to increase significantly.
March ARB Station
This Moreno Valley area station serves a region of significant urban growth and interfaces with future Metrolink and passenger air services. City of Riverside and UC-Riverside expressed a preference for this site. The Transit Coalition continues to advocate for streamlined Downtown Riverside connections. The program alternative station at UCR was withdrawn.
Corona Dos Lagos Station
This proposed station is in a suburban location (4 miles southeast of Downtown Corona) but serves area of significant upscale growth along I-15 corridor.
Because local officials are divided between the I-15 and I-215 alternatives, the Transit Coalition will not take a position. However, the coalition continues to advocate for streamlined connections to the Corona Transit Center and notes that the I-15 alternative will have a shorter travel time between San Diego and Los Angeles while the I-215 alternative would serve Riverside with a program-level ridership projection of 16,000 and connections to the Metrolink Perris Valley Line.
Murrieta Station - Program Alternative
This station is near the I-15 and I-215 interchange and is located within 1-2 miles of the Historic Downtown Murrieta area and 3 miles of Old Town Temecula. This active HSR station is projected to handle 8,000 daily riders. The program-level HSR route alignment has placed this station between Murrieta and Temecula near the I-15 and I-215 freeway interchange. The specific location will be determined following the project-level design and analysis, however the land north of the junction is a strong candidate.
The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) and City of Temecula are also working on the development of a future bus transit station in Temecula and potential transit-oriented uses approximately one mile south of the program-level proposed station. RTA developed plans for this intermodal bus station in Temecula before the concept for a CA HSR station was proposed in Murrieta; TTC believes that the region should have one intermodal bus/rail facility.
Temecula Transit Center & CA HSR Station Concept (RTA Proposed Site Location)
Escondido Station - Program Alternative
This station is proposed to be located 1/2 mile from Escondido Transit Center, but not within walking distance of the downtown core. Potential connections to the Sprinter LRT would require a new
Sprinter platform. The Centre City Parkway option was withdrawn due to lack of interface with downtown Escondido plans.
San Diego - Destination Lindbergh
The Downtown San Diego station is proposed to be developed as part of the "Destination Lindbergh" intermodal center project. This center will connect the downtown airport, HST, intercity and commuter
rail, and San Diego Trolley with several San Diego destinations. The University City area station was withdrawn, but SANDAG has proposed linking the area to HSR via an extension of the Trolley.
Act Now! Change will not happen unless those who care ask for improvement. As a first line of action, we need you to write a letter to your local city council and to the CA HSR Authority Board of Directors that shows your support of California High Speed Rail through Riverside County.
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