Notes for 2007

A Third Main Track on the Hill

2007-05-15

In 2006, BNSF applied to the Army Corps of Engineers and the County of San Bernardino for permission to build a third main line from Summit (MP 55.7) to Keenbrook (MP 69.5). The Preliminary EIR was published in November of 2006 and the Final EIR was published in March of 2007. Both of these documents are available here. These are fascinating documents with numerous maps and photographs. Section 3.5.1.1.2.1 has a discussion of Train Watching as a Land Use in the Cajon Pass. It specifies ten primary train watching sites within the project area. Numerous letters in Appendix C of the Final EIR address the subject of train watching and the need for continued access to these locations. The Response to Comments Matrix in Appendix C9 addresses these issues and assures the respondants that the primary access routes will remain open during and after construction. These named routes are:

Construction Under Way

2007-09-03

As of Labor Day (September 3) 2007, construction on the third main track is well under way. The prime contractor is Ames Construction Inc. From New Keenbrook to Summit, you are likely to encounter one or more of their red trucks with the Running A logo and any number of their highly competent construction personnel. The San Bernardino County Fire Department has prepared a slide presentation on the construction.