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Menlo Park starts drafting response to Caltrain electrification report

Original post made on Apr 11, 2014

The Menlo Park City Council weighed in on the draft environmental impact report for Caltrain's electrification project, and decided to take a longer pause for thought before finalizing its comments.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:17 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by be strong council, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm

the state is starting to issue eminent domain notices! Protect our homes and neighborhoods. Be strong Council!

This is a story, Almanac!


Posted by old guy, a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Apr 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm

I fully support CalTrain & HSR. I've lived in Menlo Park for 25 years. The city has had, and failed to act, on track & road separation many times.

I am tired of the council wasting taxpayer money for the dozen or two property owners on the right of way. Work for a reasonable design and quit trying to Frak up the HSR. If you want an extra cost design, see if you can get the city's voters to pass a bond issue for the extra cost. When you can't, then get out of the way.


Posted by peninsula resident, a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Apr 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Old guy wrote:
> I am tired of the council wasting taxpayer money for the dozen or two property owners on the right of way

If you're actually opposed to "wasting taxpayer money", then you should be completely opposed to HSR.

And you are assuming that the only people against HSR are "the dozen or two property owners on the right of way". Anyone that has actually kept up on news, read their plans, understands Prop 1a or understands the California constitution should be opposed to HSR.

That said, I'd agree that there are people that are opposed to change just for the sake of change. Just like there are people that are in favor of change just for the sake of change (even if it doesn't address the actual problems that need addressing), such as yourself.


Posted by Bob, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 14, 2014 at 2:49 am

HSR is a huge boondoggle that will far exceed the estimated cost projections, waste tax payer money, will take "forever" to be built, and have to be heavily subsidized by the state. Like Old Guy, I've lived in MP for 25 years but have no plans to use ever HSR.

Let's not create more of a mess in the rail crossings.


Posted by Robert, a resident of another community
on Apr 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

The electrification is about increasing Caltrain capacity specifically, as currently Caltrain is running over peak capacity. It really has nothing to do with HSR other than the fact that it will be compatible in the future and that some of the funding is coming from HSR. Caltrain will need to do this no matter what to match train demand, just that without HSR it would need to identify new funding sources, presumably coming from VTA/Muni/cities, etc.

Whether you are for or against HSR Caltrain demand continues to increase, and we should support increasing public transit capacity in systems that already exist.


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