The city of Santa Clarita has approved plans to build a commuter rail station on a 6.6-acre site east of Saugus Speedway.
The plans approved late Tuesday by the City Council call for removal of one oak tree to make way for a 15,000-square-foot platform. The city plans to lease the site off Soledad Canyon Road for five years from the Whittaker Corp. for $1 a year for the first three years, and about $500,000 a year for the next two years. The city has the option to purchase the site at any time for the currently appraised value of similar unimproved land.
Rail service between Santa Clarita and downtown Los Angeles is scheduled to begin in October, using existing tracks that cross the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. The 45-minute trip will cost between $3 and $4, depending on the number of trips a commuter purchases monthly, said Richard Stanger, executive director of MetroLink, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.