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High Speed Rail Proposal Could Shut Down State Park for Several Years

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With recently-released proposals showing where tracks could be placed throughout Los Angeles as part of California's high speed rail project, some residents and environmental groups are ready to fight at least one possible route. That's because it could temporarily shut down Los Angeles State Historic Park, one of the few green spaces around downtown, for several years, according to the Downtown News.

The option would have trains heading towards San Francisco leave Union Station and enter a tunnel before the park, still commonly referred to as the Cornfield. The route would also mean street closures, or at least significant changes to them. Here's how a report (.pdf) describes this particular alternative: