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News - May 5, 2010

High-speed rail issues get a hearing in Atherton

Atherton residents will have a chance to ask California High-Speed Rail Authority consultants about alternatives being considered for the rail's construction from San Jose to San Francisco at a meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 4.

The meeting will be in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton.

There will be a display of maps, and participants can pick up basic project information available on tables around the edge of the room. Town staff will open the meeting with a short review of the town's goals and priorities regarding the project.

The town's overview will be followed by a 30-minute presentation by the rail authority's consultants, who will review right-of-way issues, identify key street crossings, and review options being considered, according to the agenda.

A 45-minute question-and-answer session will follow.

Atherton has strongly criticized the rail authority's plan to run the high-speed trains along the Caltrain corridor that bisects the town, and is a party in a joint lawsuit alleging that the rail authority withheld crucial information about how it arrived at its ridership estimates.

For more information about the meeting, call the city clerk's office at 752-0500.

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