High Speed Rail

Calif. Cities Have Mixed Reactions to Bullet Train

Unsurprisingly, whether the city stands to benefit from the train or fear harm from the train's construction plays a role


A few hundred faithful pass through the doors of Pastor Bob Childress' sanctuary every Sunday, but he worries that sometime in the next decade a 220-mph bullet train may take their place.

The future route of the train, as currently drawn, takes dead aim for the Church of the Canyons, an evangelical refuge on Sand Canyon Road in Santa Clarita with a congregation of 450.

"This will be an excellent test of our faith," Childress said.

California's bullet train has generated plenty of opposition in the areas around the San Gabriel Mountains. Elsewhere in Southern California, though, local governments are either embracing the train or choosing to remain neutral.