High-speed rail brings fears of gutted communities, noise

Jun 9, 2015 5:12 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents near a proposed segment of California's high-speed rail line say the bullet train would cleave towns in two, damage property values and spoil the serenity of rural communities.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority heard complaints Tuesday from residents of unincorporated Acton, near the edge of the Angeles National Forest.

Residents said they prized a quieter life close to the land and didn't want an above-ground line slashing through the area.

The authority is reviewing plans for a segment from the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank to Palmdale. It runs through Acton.

Thirteen-year-old Isobel Cook, who raises chickens and ducks, told authority members that she loves her home and "I don't want it to change."

Development of the $68 billion line has been beset by delays and rising costs.

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