The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s budget for the current fiscal year has no funding to create the line whose proposed route passes through Alhambra, according to Alhambra123. “Alhambra and the San Gabriel Valley have a respite from the high-speed rail project," blog author and local activist Dan Bednarski wrote. "I expect the project to remain in stasis for 5 to 7 years and perhaps longer.”
The Rail Authority budget for the current fiscal year, beginning July 1, has no funding for any design, outreach, or other efforts to build the L.A. to San Diego line, which would potentially go through Alhambra and other cities in the San Gabriel Valley.
Instead, the Rail Authority has decided to focus completely on the first phase of the high speed rail project from San Francisco to Anaheim (Phase I). All funding that originally had been requested for the L.A. to San Diego line has been redirected to Phase I. The Rail Authority expects to break ground next year on a segment in the Central Valley between Fresno and Bakersfield. Phase I service is scheduled to begin between San Francisco and Anaheim in 2020.
Bednarski advocates that Alhambra and other cities in the San Gabriel Valley that surround the I-10 should take advantage of the additional time allotted. He stresses that residents need to “proactively consider and plan what we want and need of our future transportation infrastructure and freeway corridors. Doing so will give us a stronger leg to stand on and dictate to the Rail Authority how it may traverse our communities.”