Due to the large scope of the project – the largest public infrastructure project in the nation – the environmental review is being conducted in two parts: at the statewide level followed by a more specific project-level review of each of the nine sections of the system. Each project section is moving through this process at a different pace.
The Bakersfield to Palmdale section of the 800-mile system is 85 miles long. This section travels southeast and roughly parallels highways 58 and 14. Stations will be in the terminus cities of Bakersfield, where it will connect with the Fresno to Bakersfield section, and Palmdale, where it will connect with the Palmdale to Los Angeles section.
The high-speed train project is expected to create 81,000 construction-related jobs in this section over the life of construction . Once operating, projections estimate 5,100 boardings daily in Bakersfield and 12,900 in Palmdale, with travel time between Bakersfield and Palmdale estimated at 31 minutes. CO2 emission savings are estimated at 63 lbs. per trip.
Use the Proposed Route Map to view different alignments being considered for each section.
The Bakersfield to Palmdale team recently presented its Preliminary Alternatives Analysis Report to the Authority Board on September 2, 2010. Check out the report below for information on the alignment alternatives, stations, and design options recommended to be studied in the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/S), or join the project team at an upcoming public meeting to learn more.
Bakersfield to Palmdale
The Bakersfield to Palmdale section is currently in Stage 2, Planning: Alternatives Analysis.Learn more about the stages of the project.
Fresno - Bakersfield
Palmdale - Los Angeles