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Today: Meeting to focus on high-speed rail

Alternatives analysis for controversial project scheduled for March 4 release

Residents concerned about the design of the proposed high-speed rail system will have a chance to get a early look at the various design alternatives at a special meeting in Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon.

The meeting will focus on the alternatives analysis for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the line, which under the current plan would stretch through the peninsula along the Caltrain tracks. The document, which the California High-Speed Rail Authority expects to release on March 4, has been eagerly anticipated in Palo Alto and surrounding communities, where residents and city officials have lobbied the rail authority to build underground tunnels for the new system.

The high-speed-rail project received $2.2 billion in federal funds last month. California voters had also approved a $9.95 billion bond for the new system in November 2008.

The Palo Alto meeting will be hosted by the Palo Alto City Council's Ad Hoc Subcommittee on High-Speed Rail, which includes council members Larry Klein, Par Burt, Nancy Shepherd and Gail Price.

The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

■ High-speed-rail ridership figures challenged.

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