High Speed Rail

High Speed Rail

The future arrival of the California High Speed Rail system, including a multimodal rail station near the Palmdale Transportation Center, will transform the way residents live, work and recreate in the City of Palmdale.

High speed rail service to the San Fernando Valley and City of Los Angeles will provide greatly needed travel options for commuters. High speed rail combined with expanded Metrolink, Amtrak and Greyhound bus service, and improvements to key arterials and freeways, will help reduce congestion and air pollution, and provide better travel options for residents.

Planning for the arrival of high-speed rail in Palmdale began over 20 years ago and continues in anticipation of its arrival. Two planning studies focusing on transit-oriented development (walkable communities near rail and transit services) and multimodal connectivity to the future station have been completed. A third study funded by the California High Speed Rail Authority is underway that will include developing station design concepts, economic development strategies and policy, and regulatory change near and adjacent to the future station. The study will be completed in fall 2019.

The City was awarded grant funds from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to evaluate a complete streets corridor on Avenue Q from 20th Street East to Sierra Highway. The study will focus on providing multimodal connectivity to the future high-speed rail station. It will be completed in 2020/2021.

Regional plans include connecting the Brightline/Virgin Trains USA High Speed Rail to the California High Speed Rail system in Palmdale via the High Desert Corridor route from Victorville, with the line terminating in Las Vegas. As a result, Palmdale residents will be able to travel to Las Vegas, and potentially beyond, via the Xpress West High Speed Train system in the future. The route from Las Vegas to Victorville is tentatively scheduled to be completed by late 2022 and to Palmdale by 2025.