Published Thursday, February 12, 2009, by the Palo Alto Daily Post
Rail foes to march
By Ian S. Port
Palo Alto residents plan to march to City Hall to draw attention
to high-speed rail plans that could raze homes to make room for an
elevated rail line through the middle3 of the city.
Residents of the Southgate neighborhood, which lies directly along
the Caltrain tracks south of Churchill Avenue, plan to walk en masse
from Lytton Plaza to City Hall march 2, immediately prior to a City
Council meeting where the rail plans will be discussed.
"We're just trying to raise awareness and to tell people to go to the
meeting," said Southgate resident Cecilia Lancaster, whose Mariposa
Avenue home back up to the Caltrain line. "Just as long as they're
talking about it, as long as they're aware, that's all we want."
City Council on March 2 is also expected to ask the state high-speed
rail authority, the agency in charge of the $40 billion project, to
extend the march 6 deadline for residents to comment on the project
by at least 30 days.
Lancaster said a group of Southgate residents -- about 40 of whom
showed up to Monday's City Council meeting to voice their worries --
hope to push the council to have the 170-mph trains run in a tunnel
50 feet underground.
The basic rail plan calls for the trains to run atop 15-foot berms
that would have 40-foot towers on top. Rail officials have hinted
that some homes close to the existing lines -- of which Southgate has
many -- may be taken through eminent domain to make room for at least
one new rail line in each direction if the tracks are not put inside
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