Time for Menlo Park to drop the High Speed Rail lawsuit Menlo Park, posted by Roxie, a resident of the Menlo Park: University Heights neighborhood, on Feb 15, 2009 at 1:19 am
We have voted yes for it, the federal government will be making funds available for it in the stimulus package, and now even those who sought to stop the High Speed Rail are closing their websites. (see text or use the url below before Feb 28 to see DERAILHSR.COM before it goes away). Now would be a good time for our city council to take us out of the lawsuit.
Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Feb 15, 2009 at 9:46 am
The lawsuit should be dropped. But there should be a quid pro quo. The HSR Authority should agree to not to run the trains at a speed exceeding 79 mile per hour from San Jose Diridon to its terminus in San Francisco. That way we avoid costly grade separations.
Also, we should try to find a way to add just one rail instead of 2 and allow HSR to temporaily use a CalTrains rail when an HSR is coming from the opposite direction. This requires coordination with CalTrains. The Circumvesuviana from Naples to Sorrento does this and it has worked well.
Posted by mp shopper, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Feb 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm
Good point, Roxie. 58% of Menlo Park voters voted in favor of HSR. Two precincts along the tracks and one up in Sharon Heights voted against. So it's time to change direction. Instead of fighting the rail, we need to work with neighboring communities to come up with the best possible plan.