High-Speed Rail Open House

CHSR SF BayContinuing with the rail theme today, the San Mateo County Times reports that representatives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority will be presenting at an open house at SamTrans headquarters in San Carlos Wednesday night. Part of their report will include proposals on how the trains would run up the Peninsula: at-grade, underground, or elevated. This is a contentious topic, especially for residents and businesses along the current Caltrain corridor who would be directly affected. It’s likely to be a lively meeting.

Alternatives Analysis Open House
California High-Speed Rail Authority
San Francisco to San Jose Section
Project Environmental Impact Report/Enviromental Impact Statement



Wednesday, September 30, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 pm


SamTrans Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos, CA

There will be subsequent meetings in Sunnyvale on October 9 and in San Francisco on October 13.  Update: Here are the details for the other meetings. The same information will be presented at all three meetings.


Friday, October 9, 6:00 ‐ 8:00 pm


Sunnyvale Recreation Center (Ballroom)
550 E. Remington Drive
Sunnyvale, CA


Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 ‐ 8:00 pm


Milton Marks Conference Center
455 Golden Gate Avenue – Lower Level
San Diego A/B/C Rooms
San Francisco, CA

It’s instructive to think of the history of California as the progression of its ground transit systems: first El Camino Real, then the railways, then the U.S. and Interstate highways. High-speed rail promises to be the next chapter in the state’s evolution and perhaps in 50 years it will be difficult to imagine California without it. But I sympathize with the folks who will have to live with this in their backyards.

[Source: San Mateo County Times]

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