The article does not stay focused on this issue, but becomes a diatribe against both high-speed rail and the status quo at Caltrain, with a mixture of "wise up" and NIMBY laced in. To someone not already engrossed in this controversy, it seems reasonable to think of these issues as independent.
Given that high-speed rail has a long-distance purpose, it seems like the Interstate 280 corridor should be considered as an alternative. This routing would allow a stop at the intersection of Highway 92 and 280 as well as a much more scenic ride from San Jose, and void the concerns of the most vocal NIMBY crowd (mid-Peninsula) while potentially crossing over the Peninsula to the Caltrain corridor closer to San Francisco where it is used the most. The cost of high-speed rail may seem prohibitive in today's economy, but this important project is a path toward economic development for the state that should stay on track.
Ed Mocarski, Erica Way, Portola Valley