CA High-Speed Rail Authority Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Final EIR/EIS

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
California High Speed Rail Authority
Document Title
CA High-Speed Rail Authority Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Final EIR/EIS
Document Type
FIN - Final Document
Present Land Use
urban (industrial, commercial, residential), agricultural, public, institutional, railroads/utilities, and vacant
Document Description
The Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared as a joint document to meet all pertinent requirements of both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Following NEPA Assignment in July 2019, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has assumed the role of federal lead agency on the project. Specifically, the environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being or have been carried out by the State of California pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated July 23, 2019 and executed by the Federal Railroad Administration and the State of California. Prior to the July 23, 2019, MOU, the Federal Railroad Administration was the federal lead agency. This document considers, describes, and summarizes at a project level of analysis the environmental impacts of a proposed high-speed rail (HSR) system for intercity travel between Palmdale and Burbank, California, that connects to the larger statewide HSR system. Six end-to-end Build Alternatives and a No Project Alternative are analyzed. Impact Avoidance and Minimization Features, along with mitigation measures, are described to guide HSR environmental review to avoid or minimize impacts.

Contact Information

Stefan Galvez-Abadia
Agency Name
California High-Speed Rail Authority
Job Title
Director of Environmental Services
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Palmdale, Sun Valley, Pacoima, Acton, Lake View Terrace, San Fernando
Los Angeles
Southern California
Total Acres
~31 to 38 miles
State Highways
I-1, I-210, SR 14, SR 138
UPRR, Metrolink, Amtrak
Hollywood Burbank, Palmdale Reg

Notice of Completion

State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), California Transportation Commission (CATC), Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC)
Development Types
Transportation:Rail (High-Speed Rail)
Local Actions
Public Works
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, EMF/EMI


Final Document(s) [Approved_Certified draft environmental documents]
State Comment Letters [Comments from State Reviewing Agency(ies)]

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