Menlo Park Councilman Rich Cline pointed out that the city, along with Atherton and Palo Alto, still has a lawsuit on the table. The suit challenges the project's environmental impact report, including ridership projections, the effect of a blended system, and the impact of elevated tracks.
Mr. Cline represents Menlo Park on the Peninsula Cities Consortium. "(High speed rail) has become all that's wrong with politics," he said. "Nobody's looking at the data anymore. They're looking at what their friends are doing and what important people are telling them to do and what the governor's pressuring them to do."
He pointed out that the Legislature's vote does not mean high-speed rail will be financially viable. "The economic plan has never been sorted out. They just kicked that can down the road. Which I understand — why would you want to deal with something that could blow up the entire plan?"
Similar discontent surfaced in Atherton, courtesy of Councilman Jerry Carlson. "I'm very disappointed the assemblymen Gordon and Hill supported this bill," he said. He said that there's no guarantee that even a blended system won't be built with four tracks, because the HSR business plan and the EIR allows for that scenario. That possibility is "a cloud over property owners in the area," who will have to disclose the possibility of rail expansion if they sell their property.