Input Sought to Keep High-Speed Rail on Track

Thursday, May 19, 2011  |  Updated 1:26 PM PDT
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Call it a high-speed whistle stop tour.

In the first in a series of community forums, rail officials are seeking input from Inland Empire residents on the proposed 800-mile high-speed rail system that would run from San Diego to San Franciso.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is hosting the forum at 4 p.m. at the Orange Terrace Community Center.

Officials will be on hand to showcase the project, present maps and discuss a recently published preliminary environmental study on the impact of the rail system.

The rail authority's Riverside stop is one of 27 on its Southern California tour to raise awareness about the project which is touted as economically and environmentally beneficial to the state.

Guests will be invited to offer opinions about the best places for stations along the 167-mile segment of the rail line that traverses Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties.

There are 13 potential locations under consideration.

"Express travel times on high-speed rail will cut the trip from Los Angeles to San Diego to one hour and 20 minutes, Murrieta to Los Angeles to 45 minutes, or Riverside to San Francisco to three hours," according to a rail authority statement.

Trains will travel between 125 and 220 mph, officials said.

More information is available on the Rail Authority website.

Check out the Rail Authority's interactive high-speed rail map here.
 

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