Shorter high-speed rail plan a good thing for Tehachapi, officials said


    Water tower in historic downtown Tehachapi. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

    Count the city of Tehachapi on the list of those who favor Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to scale down the high-speed rail plan, according to a news release from the city.

    In the original plan, Tehachapi was not considered for a stop, but would have been impacted by the rail project.

    It would have run through the Capital Hills area, across Highway 58 and through Steuber and Tehachapi Willow Springs roads.

    “The City of Tehachapi applauds the Governor’s decision to modify this project as it was initially proposed,” said City Manager Greg Garrett. “While we were willing to work with the State of California, many residents had objected to both the cost of the project, the delays and especially the impact that this rail line was to have on our community. Tehachapi will continue to thrive without High Speed Rail.”

    City staff and community members worked with the High-Speed Rail Authority for several years as the route through Tehachapi was plotted out.

    Before the governor’s announcement, Tehachapi had adopted a Capital Hills Specific Plan, funded by the High-Speed Rail Authority. In part, this plan protected the natural view shed and landscape at the northern edge of the City limits.

    The possibility of finishing the Los Angeles to San Francisco project was left open by the governor, but no timetable was given.

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