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First of 3 meetings on Peninsula HSR is in Millbrae tonight

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    Published Wednesday, February 25, 2009, by Bay City News Service First of three local meetings on high-speed rail tonight in Millbrae The California High-Speed
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      Published Wednesday, February 25, 2009, by Bay City News Service

      First of three local meetings on high-speed rail tonight in Millbrae

      The California High-Speed Rail Authority is holding three
      informational meetings on the Peninsula, including one in Millbrae
      tonight, to discuss the environmental impacts of the Bay Area segment
      of the statewide high-speed train system approved by voters in
      November.

      The authority is preparing an environmental impact report on the
      project, and the meetings will give residents a chance to learn
      about its potential effects on local cities.

      The proposed alignment of the project is along Caltrain right-of-way
      with stations in San Francisco, Millbrae and San Jose, with another
      potential station in Redwood City or Palo Alto, according to
      officials.

      Sharon Kyle, the authority's public participation manager, said the
      consultant team for the project will attend the meetings, which
      will include an overview presentation, informational materials, and
      project exhibit boards.

      Public inquiries and comments are welcome, she said.

      The meetings are being conducted as follow-ups to public scoping
      meetings held in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties
      in late January.

      "A lot of people just have basic questions about the project," Kyle
      said. "What we heard from scoping meetings were basic questions about
      the environmental impact, questions about funding. The cities that
      we've met with just want to understand the planning implications."

      The project started after California voters passed Proposition 1A
      in November to guarantee $9.95 billion in state bond money to fund
      the state's share of the first phase of the 800-mile system.

      After the initial scoping meetings, the authority announced on Feb.
      12 that the public comment period for the San Francisco-to-San Jose
      segment would be extended for another month, to April 6, after a
      request by Palo Alto city officials due to high community interest
      in the project.

      Anyone interested in submitting comments on the scope of the
      environmental impact report can send them in writing to Deputy
      Director Dan Leavitt, ATTN: San Francisco to San Jose HST Project
      EIR/EIS, California High-Speed Rail Authority, 925 L St., Ste. 1425,
      Sacramento.

      Comments can also be submitted via email with the subject line
      "San Francisco to San Jose HST" to <comments@...>. Additional
      information about the high-speed rail environmental review process
      can be found at <http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov>.

      Tonight's meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Chetcuti Community
      Room at 450 Poplar Ave. in Millbrae.

      Another meeting will be held Thursday in Palo Alto at the main hall
      of the Mitchell Park Community Center at 3800 Middlefield Road.

      The third meeting takes place March 4 in Redwood City at the Veterans
      Memorial Senior Center's Redwood Room at 1455 Madison Ave. All three
      meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m.

      CONTACT: Sharon Kyle (510) 587-8671
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