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California High-Speed Rail Authority seeks public input on EIR for new alignment

FILE -- This Feb. 26, 2015, photo shows a full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train, displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is seeking feedback on a new environmental-impact report for its high-speed rail project.

This supplemental EIR focuses on the southern portion of the alignment between Poplar Avenue in Shafter and a possible station in Bakersfield, according to the High-Speed Rail Authority.

MORE | View full Draft Supplemental Environmental EIR/EIS

The EIR finalized in 2014 included alignments that generally followed the existing BNSF tracks from Shafter into Bakersfield.

Since then, a new alignment was developed that would go from Shafter east towards Highway 99 and the existing Union Pacific tracks, then south into Bakersfield.

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There will be a 60-day comment period, with a public hearing set for 3-8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Bakersfield Marriott on Truxtun Avenue in downtown.

Comments can also be submitted online, via email or by mail at:

Attn: Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS for the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section

California High-Speed Rail Authority

770 L Street, Suite 620 MS-1

Sacramento, CA 95814

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