Published Thursday, August 12, 2010, by the San Mateo Daily Journal
Redwood City responds to rail analysis
Daily Journal Staff Report
Redwood City officials are not happy with the California High-Speed Rail Authority's recently unveiled plans to build the system through the Peninsula on an above-grade system.
"We're disappointed in the authority's perspective that other, more desirable configurations won't be considered," Councilwoman Barbara Pierce said in a written statement.
Pierce sits on the Redwood City Council's ad hoc committee on high-speed rail.
Despite the council's dissatisfaction, it intends to continue working with the authority on "constructive solutions that will be more suitable for our community," Pierce said.
The city plans to launch its own engineering and economic analysis and suggest its own alternative ideas. Among the issues the city wants to address are:
* The long-term impact of an aerial configuration on the downtown and neighborhoods, specifically in the contest of the draft Downtown Precise Plan;
* How the configuration would intersect with San Carlos, Woodside Road and Redwood Junction;
* How the option would affect consideration of a potential high-speed rail station;
* Alternatives like a trench; and
* The economic and community impacts of the aerial configuration versus other alternatives.
An aerial configuration will require a structure approximately 30 feet high and 80 feet wide to accommodate two high-speed rail tracks and two Caltrain tracks. City officials say that configuration is at odds with its preference for a tunnel or trench.
The authority plans two community meetings in September to outline the general scope of a station in Redwood City and collect community input. After that pair of meetings, the city plans its own set to discuss the height and station.