The Orangeline High-Speed Maglev is proposed as an elevated transportation system that would provide high-speed service between Irvine and Palmdale, with stations located at key locations along the 108-mile route, including one in Santa Clarita. The vehicles would travel at top speeds of 120 miles per hour or more. The Orangeline would use magnetically levitated ("maglev") vehicles in which powerful magnets on the track and vehicles lift and propel the vehicles forward. A non-stop trip from Santa Clarita to downtown Los Angeles could take as little as 15 minutes. Including stops at other stations, the trip could still be made in 25 to 30 minutes, making it highly competitive compared with the automobile.
The Orangeline would generally follow the alignment of Interstate 5 (I-5), between Irvine and Sylmar. At the I-5/SR-14 interchange, the Orangeline would follow the alignment of SR-14 to Palmdale. The Santa Clarita station is currently proposed to be located in the vicinity of the SR-14/Via Princessa interchange. The system is proposed to be operational by 2013 and is projected to carry approximately 250,000 passengers per day by 2027. The system is also being designed to carry light freight and cargo.
The City of Santa Clarita is a member of the Orange Line Development Authority, which is a joint exercise of powers authority created by cities along the Orangeline corridor. The purpose of the Authority is to pursue its stated objective to use the common powers of its members to enter into one or more public-private partnerships to finance, acquire, design, construct, reconstruct, improve, and operate the facilities and improvements to the Orangeline as may be approved by action of the Authority.
To date, the alternatives analysis, feasibility analysis, and Phase 1 Engineering have been completed. The next step is to begin work on the Environmental Impact Report. The EIR is currently planned to be completed by 2010, with construction beginning soon thereafter.
Senior Traffic Engineer