High Desert Corridor

The County of San Bernardino, County of Los Angeles, and the Cities of Adelanto, Victorville, Apple Valley, Lancaster, and Palmdale have formed a Joint Power Authority (JPA) to develop a new freeway/expressway from SR14 to I-15. The High Desert Corridor (HDC) began as a proposed highway project connecting the counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino.  However, through the leadership of the HDC Joint Powers Authority together with Metro, SANBAG and Caltrans, the HDC has evolved into a proposed multipurpose corridor that could connect Antelope Valley in Los Angeles County with Victor Valley in San Bernardino County.  Consequently, the HDC study also considers how a high-speed rail connection, a bikeway and green energy element may be integrated to create a truly sustainable project.

The purpose of the HDC is to improve east-west mobility within the High Desert region of Southern California by addressing present and future travel demands and mobility needs.  The HDC also aims to improve travel safety and reliability, while connecting residential, commercial and industrial areas in the Antelope and Victor Valleys, including the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Adelanto, Victorville and the Town of Apple Valley.  The HDC environmental and technical studies will consider the importance of improved access and connectivity to regional transportation facilities, including airports, existing passenger rail and future high-speed rail systems. 

As envisioned, the multipurpose nature of the proposed HDC has the potential to bring a number of added benefits, including:  creation of valuable jobs in the desert region that could help limit the number of vehicle miles traveled into the Los Angeles basin for work; establish the potential for creation of inland ports along the HDC that would provide needed congestion relief for the region; and stimulate the development of green energy strategies for surrounding land uses and infrastructure.

The environmental clearance (CEQA and NEPA) for the project was completed and certified in June 2016.  The project is "shovel ready".  Please see the  brochure for more information.

Members

Chairman Robert Lovingood, Supervisor, San Bernardino County First District
Vice Chair Kathryn Barger, Supervisor, Los Angeles County Fifth District
Board Member Raj Malhi, Council Member, City of Lancaster
Board Member James Ledford, Mayor, City of Palmdale
Board Member Vacant, City of Victorville
Board Member Richard Kerr, Mayor, City of Adelanto
Board Member Scott Nassif, Council Member, Town of Apple Valley

HSR Rail Ridership and Revenue Forecast Results

The High Desert Corridor (HDC) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) held a  webinar on Thursday, March 2, 2017 for the much anticipated public release of the High Speed Rail Ridership & Revenue Forecast Results for the corridor connecting Southern California with Las Vegas, Nevada by high speed rail (HSR). The rail ridership and revenue forecast results revealed a significant demand for high speed rail service from Southern California to Las Vegas, Nevada - further reinforcing the project's financial viability and boosting private sector interest.

If you were not able to participate in the live webinar and would like to find out more about the HSR Ridership and Revenue Forecast Results, click on the links below to view the video recording of the webinar and supporting materials, including the Executive Summary for the HSR Ridership & Revenue Forecast Study.

The Map of HDC Rail Connector Project
Webinar Intro Video with JPA Board Members (3 minutes)
Webinar Video Recording (43 minutes)
Presentation
HDC JPA Press Release
HSR Ridership & Revenue Forecast Study - Executive Summary

If you want to see the full report for HSR Ridership & Revenue Forecast Study (over 500 pages), please contact: Neil Peterson at  neil@neilpeterson.com. Please also continue checking this webpage for additional project details and updates.

HDC-Map

Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)

Next PTAC meeting:
To be determined

Location:
L.A. County Dept. of Agricultural
Commissioner/Weights & Measures
12300 Lower Azusa Road
Arcadia, CA 91006

High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority (JPA)

Next JPA Board meeting:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Location:
City of Palmdale
City Council Chamber
38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B
Palmdale, CA  93550

Meeting Agenda
Save the Date

Contacts

Josh Candelaria
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, 5th Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0110
(909) 387-4821 

Or 

Mazin Kasey - Deputy Director (PTAC Chairman)
(909) 387-7916 

Sri Srirajan, Transportation Planning
(909) 387-8170