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Dumbarton Scoping & Freight

Original post made by Margaret Fruth, Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle, on Mar 2, 2007

I would like to share my scoping comments for the Dumbarton Railroad Environmental Impact Report (EIR). I believe I have determined the reason this project continues without any evidence of sufficient ridership. One of the CalTrain employees let slip the fact that federal law requires commuter heavy rail lines to accept freight trains as well. I do not know how light rail is affected by this, but I suspect that if you facilitate light rail and heavy rail on the same line, freight would be part of the package. A subsidy of $60.00 per passenger ride is too high to comply with federal funding rules. But whoever wants freight does not play by the rules; so far the information from CalTrain does not mention freight traffic.

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