Published Monday, July 21, 2008, by the Peninsula Examiner
Peninsula cities vie for station
By Katie Worth
Apparently, if a city on the Peninsula really wants a high-speed
rail station, they have to covet it.
As it stands, all locations of high-speed rail stations throughout
the Bay Area have been decided except in one case: the mid-Peninsula
station, which will either go to Redwood City or Palo Alto.
"Operationally, they're very similar, so we'll have to see which
one really wants it," said Ron Diridon Sr., a board member on the
High-Speed Rail Authority.
So far, he said, Redwood City has shown slightly more interest.
Neither Redwood City nor Palo Alto has taken an official position on
whether they'd welcome a high-speed rail stop, and officials in those
cities said they may not until after the November election, when the
high-speed rail's funding will be on the statewide ballot.
There are plenty of reasons a city would want a station, said Curtis
Williams, Palo Alto's planning director. The rail could facilitate
transit-oriented development, new jobs and possible state funding
toward infrastructure improvement.
"It could be a real hub of activity," he said.
But a station also would require large parking facilities and could
put infrastructure strains on the existing neighborhoods, he said.
Redwood City Councilmember Jim Harnett, who also sits on Caltrain's
governing board, said any position on the issue would be "academic"
unless funding is approved in November. He noted, however, that
Atherton, which sits between Redwood City and Palo Alto, has already
taken a position: to fight the high-speed rail tooth and nail.
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