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Towns look to influence high-speed rail design

Original post made on May 13, 2009

As the agency that oversees the high-speed rail project begins to plan how high-speed trains will pass through the Peninsula, local cities and towns are trying to figure out how best to get the agency's ear.

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on May 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm

What is going on right now? We here lots of talk about “outreach.” The rail folk want to create “working groups.” They will meet with us, night and day, 24/7. They want to hear from us. They will listen to us. They want us to express our concerns, needs and wishes.

Please note, as you listen to their presentations, that at no time do they acknowledge that they will implement any of our wishes, needs and concerns. What we are experiencing is a railroad charade. It’s a public relations effort, very costly, that is geared to making us feel good about their community sensitivity and their interest in our issues. That does not mean responsiveness. There is no talk about responsiveness.

While all these people from both Caltrain and the Rail Authority are well intentioned, they are just doing their job. They are mostly not railroad people at all. They have journalism, management and marketing backgrounds. In a practical sense, they’re politicians. As I’ve said elsewhere, if the CHSRA and their consultants were working in Silicon Valley, they would be on the marketing and sales side of the company, not the product development and design side.

All of which is to say, we are being sold a “bill of goods.” Dear colleagues in Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto, time to get your “crap detectors” operating full time.

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Posted by conservative87
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on May 14, 2009 at 7:48 am

All those little cities in the south bay, are used to complain and bitch about how others should give way to their desires, and most of the time they get away with it. Not this time. It is not about you it it is about California, so move or live with it. We are not going to pay an extra dime to sooth your psychomatic desires. You do not want to live by the Rail Road tracks, move. We in the Valley, do just that. The train passes our homes to somewhere else, because it does not stop here. It is not pretty, but we know it is a fact of life.
There well over 7 million people tha live in the valley now. It is our turn to do something for ourselves and not just for you.

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Posted by An Observer
a resident of another community
on May 14, 2009 at 9:57 am

Hey conservative, you have a logic problem there. You can have your train, nobody is stopping you. But not through OUR backyards. Notice we don't put our freeways through your backyard. If you want to get to SF or the peninsula, PAY THE MONEY AND MOVE HERE. Or, start an equivalent economic hub in "the valley". End of story. This train is done.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm

This high speed rail is a boondoggle whether it goes above ground, below ground, or on the ground. California has NO MONEY for vanity eco-projects. We are in a depression. Please cancel this absurd waste of resources.

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Posted by Yolanda
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on May 15, 2009 at 10:30 am

Virtually bankrupt state + absence of viable business plan for HSR = disaster.

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