High Speed Rail

LA County Joins New High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Agency

As mentioned in the Antelope Valley Times, June 30, 2022, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion that will have the county join a new High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Agency (JPA) to identify funding and facilitate the continued planning, development, and construction of the High Desert Multipurpose Corridor project – the first phase of which will connect high desert cities in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties through a new high-speed, intercity rail alignment. The 54-mile-high speed rail project is part of a larger vision to connect Los Angeles to Las Vegas and will provide a new transportation mode for some of the fastest growing areas in Southern California, increase access to affordable housing stock, spur job creation and economic development, help the State achieve its climate goals, and invest in Equity Focus Communities which comprise most of the project’s alignment, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. This new JPA will become the successor agency to the long-running High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority, which is set to expire on July 1, 2022. Los Angeles County joins the cities of Lancaster and Adelanto who have already approved their membership. The cities of Palmdale and Victorville, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will vote on their membership.

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