Atherton to create panel to fight high-speed trains
- Published Wednesday, October 22, 2003, in the Menlo Park Alamanac
Atherton wants panel to fight high-speed trains
The Atherton City Council decided last week to create a new advisory
committee devoted to issues surrounding the Caltrain tracks that
bisect the town. The vote was 4-0, with Bill Conwell absent, at the
October 15 meeting.
Council members said they were concerned that the introduction of
high-speed rail would result in the closure of the town's train
station and grade crossings.
"I don't know how our train station would even be viable. I think the
town ought to actively oppose this," said Councilman Alan Carlson.
Besides investigating the possibility of grade separations, such as
rail overpasses, the ad hoc committee's charter includes opposition
to high-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco that would
go through Atherton, council members said.
"This affects everybody in town, but particularly those along the
rail corridor," said Councilwoman Kathy McKeithen.
The town will begin advertising for eight-to-10 residents to make up
the new committee.
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