Newsom: SF Transbay Terminal must include HSR, Caltrain station
- Published Monday, January 26, 2009, by FogCityJournal.com
Newsom Adamant Transbay Project
Include High-Speed Rail Terminal
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
January 26, 2009
PARIS, FRANCE -- Mayor Gavin Newsom used his tour of the French high
speed rail system (TGV) to make a public commitment to ensuring that
California's future high speed rail system and Caltrain come to
downtown San Francisco.
California's high speed rail system, approved by voters this past
November, will link the State by rail from Los Angeles to San
Francisco. However, the plan for the system is currently uncertain
as to whether or not the high speed trains would actually terminate
in the new Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco. Today Mayor
Newsom forcefully stated that the first phase of the Transbay Terminal
redevelopment must include a 'train box' underneath the terminal to
host the northern terminus of high speed rail, as well as an extension
"Since the onset of this project, I have been committed to the grand
vision of Transbay, including high speed rail, a downtown extension
for Caltrain and the visionary multi-use terminal itself," Mayor
Newsom explained. "Including the rail box as part of the terminal
construction is necessary for this grand vision to be realized."
To date, discussions at the Transbay Joint Powers Board, which
oversees development of the Transbay Terminal, have considered
building the first phase of the new Transbay Terminal without the
train box, and coming back later to excavate under the terminal and
build for high speed rail only if subsequent funding materializes.
Today Mayor Newsom took a strong position against that idea,
suggesting that the Transbay Joint Powers Board should not move
forward construction of the new transit center until funding is
secured for the inclusion of high speed rail and it is fully
integrated into the first phase of the project.
"We're not going to build a $2 billion bus station under my watch,"
said Mayor Newsom.
Under this plan, the Transbay Terminal would be a multi-modal transit
hub and northern terminus of California high speed rail, and would
connect high speed rail to Caltrain, BART, Muni and several regional
bus lines. Mayor Newsom explained the importance of this linkage:
"High speed rail is a game changer in California, but only if it
connects the downtown transit hubs of the two largest metro areas
in the State. Building a high speed rail route that stops short of
downtown San Francisco equates to building a major highway that ends
before it reaches a city."
The Mayor identified the Transbay Terminal as a textbook example of
the type of infrastructure project that Federal stimulus and recovery
funding should be funding.
"The Transbay Terminal is the first rail facility built from the
ground up in 70 years and it will revolutionize our transportation
system by increasing environmentally friendly transportation options.
It will also create over 2,600 good paying construction jobs in the
first phase of construction. It's just the kind of infrastructure
project we need to get the country back on track."
At today's event in Paris, TGV officials provided Mayor Newsom with
an in depth briefing on the history, construction, and operation of
the TGV System, and a "first-hand" opportunity to ride the TGV and
see its operations up close.
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