"I Don't Want to Ride My Horse Under the Rail:" Rural LA Communities Blast Bullet Train Route - NBC Southern California

"I Don't Want to Ride My Horse Under the Rail:" Rural LA Communities Blast Bullet Train Route

One attendee seemed particularly offended by project renderings, which show horsemen riding alongside tracks which will be built as part of the $69 billion dollar project.

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    Neighbors Oppose Planned Route for CA Bullet Train

    Hundreds of neighbors are opposing the proposed route for California’s high-speed rail. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015)

    More than 1,000 rural residents voiced their opposition to the proposed route of the California high speed rail project Tuesday night.

    They put on a united front at the meeting in Lake View Terrace, complaining about how the planned line will bisect the area and nearby Sunland and Tujunga, drive down property values and damage wildlife.

    One attendee seemed particularly offended by project renderings, which show horsemen riding alongside tracks which will be built as part of the $69 billion dollar project.

    "I don't want to ride my horse under the rail, I don't want to ride my horse over the rail, around the rail or near the rail," he said.

    A segment of the nation’s first ever bullet train route is projected to run from Palmdale to Burbank by 2022. However Tujunga resident Bridget Riley claims the line will have a major impact on the area both economically and environmentally.

    "It would destroy the property values. It would destroy everything! And needless to say, the Angeles National Forest," Riley said.

    John Hastings of Sunland meanwhile claimed people had been duped into approving high speed rail at the ballot box.

    "It was voted thinking it'd be coming down the corridor. The 5 Freeway from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and not coming through our rural community." Hastings said.

    Representatives of the project were roundly booed when they addressed the attendees, though they were praised for holding the meeting.

    But Spanish speakers complained they were not being properly consulted.

    "We need to be informed, you know. I think there should be... committee for us, the people that don't speak English," Georgina Carranza of Pacoima said.

    The rail authority said the project is still in the planning phase, and they will study all the alternatives before giving residents an update later in the spring. 

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