Monday, February 1, 2010

Are you concerned about what High Speed Rail will look like in our city?

Do you want to see what designs they are considering?

Please join us on Tuesday, February 9th from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm in Council Chambers at Palo Alto Civic Center (250 Hamilton Avenue) for a preview of the Alternatives Analysis for the High Speed Rail Project.

Representatives from the California High Speed Rail Authority will present a preview of the design alternatives that are being studied for the high speed train that is planned on the CalTrain right of way. We have been told there will be engineers on hand to answer technical questions.

There will be a period for public comment and each speaker will have 2 minutes. This meeting will be video taped and made available on the city's website for those who can't attend.

The Alternatives Analysis will officially be presented to the Board of Directors for the High Speed Rail Authority on March 4th. From that point on, the public will have 30 days to provide any official comments to the alternatives presented. We are hoping that the deadline for comments will be extended - but we are not sure, so please plan ahead.

It is very important that citizens get involved in the process and offer their feedback. If you do not comment, under the law your silence means you agree with the plans put forth 100%.

Please note, if you have comments for the High Speed Rail Authority, you will need to turn those in in writing in order for them to be part of the official record.

If you'd like additional information about this presentation, please contact Steve Emslie, Deputy City Manager at or 650-329-2354.

For more information, please see the City's website at:

If you have not yet seen the conceptual video that the Authority put out for Palo Alto, please see:

Other sources of information:

Official California High Speed Rail website:
Peninsula Cities Consortium:
CARRD - Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design:

Hope to see you there!

Nadia Naik
Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design

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