As it turns out, a few Angelenos aren't interested in having everyone speed between LA and SF.
According to the LA Times, a number of LA county communities, including Santa Clarita, San Fernando, and Pacoima, are protesting the long-planned SoCal bullet train route, claiming it will cause irreparable harm.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority broke ground on the high-speed rail system (the US' first) back in January. The project, which is expected to be finished in 2029, would allow commuters to travel between LA and SF in under three hours.
The Times reports that residents and local elected officials are insisting that the planned route (which would follow California 14 through the mountains between Palmdale and San Fernando) should be abandoned due to its above-ground track. The alliance notes that local businesses in Downtown San Fernando, as well as the city's police headquarters, would be displaced if the planned route is built.
A spokeswoman for the rail authority said, "We will continue to have open dialogue with [the communities]." The Times also notes that a recent analysis done by the rail authority shows that noise and vibration from the route could affect 20,000 residences, 25 parks, 47 schools, 48 churches, several hotels, archaeological sites, and wetlands within a half-mile of the track.