Wednesday High-speed rail meeting in Chowchilla

03/26/2013 12:02 PM

03/26/2013 12:15 PM

Area residents will get a look at several options for the High-speed Rail Authority’s “Chowchilla Wye” on Wednesday afternoon.

Rail officials will be on hand to discuss four possible routes for the Y-shaped junction where tracks would continue north to Merced and fork off west to San Jose.

Two of the options would send the 220-mph train around Chowchilla to the west near Road 13, while the two others alignments would wrap around the city to the east, near Road 18.

The city settled an environmental lawsuit with the authority earlier this year after rail officials agreed not to build the fast train along Highway 99 through the small town.

The meeting will be held in the Little Theater at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds located at 1000 South Third St. The meeting is scheduled to go from 4 to 7 p.m.

More than 100 people showed up at the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Fairmead for a similar meeting last Wednesday.

These meetings kick off a new round of public hearings as the authority prepares to build north toward Merced, rail officials said. The first part of the line, Fresno to Madera, is expected to begin construction this summer.

The draft environmental impact report for the Chowchilla Wye could be released as early as this summer, with a final choice of the route coming next spring, according to rail officials.

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