California High Speed Rail Authority (CHRSA) will make its First Presentation to the San Gabriel City Council

The California High Speed Rail Authority (CHRSA) will appear before the San Gabriel City Council on Tuesday October 19. The formal presentation by the Authority will offer residents a chance to learn more about the project and ask questions.

The California High Speed Rail project, approved in 2008, plans for a train system that will travel over 200mph, between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The travel time will be less than three hours.

The City of San Gabriel Council of Governments represents 31 cities in the San Gabriel Valley. Officials are working with CHRSA to ensure that the communities concerns are addressed.

Daren Grilley is a City Engineer for the City of San Gabriel. He says the project can affect city residents. The project is still in its early stages, and multiple approvals are needed to decide the alignment of the high-speed rail.  Grilley says, “as far as construction goes it’s far away.” He added “we definitely want the public to come,” in order to be informed, ask questions, and get an overview of the project. According to the project fact sheet found on the San Gabriel City website, the CHRSA is currently working on the final planning, design and environmental review.

The public is invited to attend the meeting on  Tuesday October 19 at 7:30 pm in the City Council Chambers, 425, South Mission Drive, second floor.

More information on the California High Speed Rail Authority can be found on www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov. The city will continue to update information and meeting announcements which can be found on the City’s homepage at www.sangabrielcity.com.

Nataly Tavidian