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Menlo Park, Atherton still have lawsuit against high-speed rail

Original post made on Jul 16, 2012

The state Legislature may have voted to let the high-speed rail train project keep rolling, but that doesn't mean local jurisdictions jumped onboard.

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Posted by Kay, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I keep asking this question, never get an answer

Please tell me what "blended" means. The high speed trains will be using the old CalTrain tracks on the SF peninsula? Is that possible?
The same trains which will run at 200 miles per hour down the valley on new tracks? Furthermore, if these high speed trains run regularly from SF to San Jose, all the street crossings must be changed to keep traffic and trains separate...i.e. grade crossings.

So the plan is to build grade crossings for the old tracks, and then eventually, as has always been implied, add the needed set of tracks for the high speed trains. And of course rebuild all the grade crossings?
Or make the grade crossings large enough for 4 tracks to begin with. Imagine this mess at every street crossing the tracks!

What about the condemned properties, thousands of trees downed along the right of way, etc., etc.

How blended? Or do they mean running shuttle trains down the peninsula to San Jose, then changing to board the new High Speed Train? (a reasonable alternative) Then say so!


I don't believe you can run these super fast machines on the old tracks, and alternate high speed trains and commuter trains all day long.


No one has said outright that they mean to run these new "bullet" trains on the old tracks, or what kind of grade crossings are envisioned. They just say it will be blended. How blended?
I wish someone would explain


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Kay:

I'll try to answer your questions. I am no expert. Morris Brown is far more knowledgeable on this subject than I.

"Please tell me what "blended" means. The high speed trains will be using the old CalTrain tracks on the SF peninsula? Is that possible?"

That's my understanding of what it means. Caltrain tracks are to be electrified. HSR trains will then use those lines from San Jose to SF.

"The same trains which will run at 200 miles per hour down the valley on new tracks? Furthermore, if these high speed trains run regularly from SF to San Jose, all the street crossings must be changed to keep traffic and trains separate...i.e. grade crossings."

Same trains with no changes to grade crossings. Hence the reason HSR is no longer "high speed." It's at best "medium speed." HSR trains will have to slow to the maximum speed currently allowed on the Caltrain tracks which I think is 70 mph.

"So the plan is to build grade crossings for the old tracks, and then eventually, as has always been implied, add the needed set of tracks for the high speed trains. And of course rebuild all the grade crossings?"

No plan for elevated grade crossings. Too expensive, hense the "blended" approach.

Hope that helps.


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