Time for Menlo Park to reject outright High Speed Rail --- it is never going to be done right.
Original post made by Morris Brown, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Mar 15, 2012
Palo Alto and Atherton in particular are quite clear they reject High Speed Rail and Menlo Park should do likewise.
See the comments made by Palo Alto Mayor Yeh at the Simitian HSR committee meeting last Tuesday 3/13/2012. (they are copied in text format below. His comments can be viewed at:
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(copy of Palo Mayor Yiaway Yeh public comment remarks 3/13/2012 at the hearing on HSR in Mt. View)
Text Box: March 13, 2012 Talk Time - 1 Minute, 55 Seconds
Senators Simitian, Lowenthal, and DeSaulnier
Thank you very much for the opportunity to speak on this important subject:
First, I would like to publicly reiterate that as of December 19, 2011 the Palo Alto City Council has taken the position that California HSR should be terminated because the current project is far too expensive, is not what the voters approved in 2008, and its Business Plan is fatally flawed and not credible.
However, if the State should move forward with the HSR project, and a Blended System design for the San Francisco to San Jose segment, the City of Palo Alto requests the following actions occur
One, it is imperative that the California Attorney General's Office give it's opinion on the legality of a Blended System relative to Prop. 1A as soon as possible ≠ and make that decision public.
So long as there is a cloud of uncertainty regarding the legality of a Blended System hanging over the project, progressing on alternatives that might be acceptable to the Peninsula is not possible in any meaningful way.
Next, any reference to a four-track system being constructed between San Francisco and San Jose must be eliminated from all CHSRA environmental documents. This is an alignment that is uniformly opposed and even as a mere plan has significant negative impacts on neighborhoods bordering the Caltrain right of way.
Finally, it needs to be understood that the City of Palo Alto's willingness to CONSIDER a Blended System on the Peninsula is NOT an endorsement of it. Discussion of a Blended System is rather a starting point for dialogue on how a system could possibly be designed that our community could support; however reluctantly.
Many serious and material problems -- such as traffic delays caused by increased crossing gate down times -- need to be resolved before our City could agree to any design alternative, including a Blended System.
The City of Palo Alto expects that resolving these types of issues will include working with local officials directly, not just regional agencies such as the MTC. The City of Palo Alto understands the role that the MTC plays in distributing regional funding but the reality of the situation is that the MTC lacks both the ability to speak on behalf of our residents and the local knowledge that our Councilmembers posses.
Thank you very much for your time.