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Heated Debate over High-Speed Train Station in Burbank

In an often tense Burbank community meeting on Wednesday, February 24th, project managers from the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) presented their plan for a high-speed rail station to a room full of citizens who questioned the logic behind this behemoth of a transportation project....A below-grade corridor in Burbank would take the form of trenches. This design has residents worried about safety -- preventing children, animals and others from falling in, accidentally or otherwise -- and unsightly walls that may become targets of vandalism and graffiti....The biggest concern for nearly all Burbank residents, however, is the construction of a new high-speed rail station near Downtown Burbank. The Burbank Metrolink station is one of the busiest in the county, making the city a logical choice for Rail Authority planners. Other stops in the region would include Union Station downtown, and yet-to-be-constructed stations in Sylmar and Palmdale.

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