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    Published Monday, January 26, 2009, by FogCityJournal.com Newsom Adamant Transbay Project Include High-Speed Rail Terminal From the Mayor s Office of
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 27, 2009
      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
      of Caltrain.

      "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.

      [BATN: See also:

      Update: HSRA's Kopp vs. SF Transbay Terminal Transit Center

      HSRA chair Kopp opposes running HSR to downtown SF terminal

      HSRA chair Kopp wants to end HSR at SF Caltrain terminal

      Newsom, Ma join Kopp in urging Schwarzenegger not to kill HSR

      Daly, mayor Newsom face off on Transbay Terminal Prop. C (27 May 06)

      Newsom proxy Katz files illiegal anti-Transbay ballot argument

      Editorial: Developer puppet Newsom opposes Transbay measure (22 Mar 06)

      Mayor Newsom & Co. scheming to kill SF Transbay project (8 Mar 06)
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/29396 ]
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