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Letter: Keep HSR off SF Peninsula -- run it to Oakland instead

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  • 2/28 Palo Alto Daily
    Published Saturday, February 28, 2009, by the Palo Alto Daily Letters to the Editor There are alternatives to keep high speed rail out of Palo Alto California
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      Published Saturday, February 28, 2009, by the Palo Alto Daily

      Letters to the Editor

      There are alternatives to keep high speed rail out of Palo Alto

      California High Speed Rail representatives want to know "how do we
      come through Palo Alto?" as stated in Friday's article.

      The short answer is "don't."

      From the very begin ning the only sensible thing was to route the
      system up the East Bay using the existing Amtrak right of- way, of
      which there is plenty, stopping in Oakland and then continuing on
      to Sacramento. People going to the Peninsula or San Francisco could
      transfer to Caltrain in San Jose or BART in Oakland. The under-
      utilized Amtrak tracks could be upgraded to eliminate the need to
      lay new parallel rails.

      This may come as a surprise to ego-driven West Bay politicians but
      San Francisco is a cul-de-sac. Any train that terminates there cannot
      go anyplace else. Going up the East Bay will save taxpayers billions
      of dollars, Peninsula hom eowners from loss of their homes, and
      built-up cities from community destroying walls.

      David Lieberman
      Palo Alto


      [BATN: See also:

      HSRA gathers input, concerns to help guide SF-SJ route design
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/40608

      Palo Alto Caltrain neighbors want HSR to be "quiet and invisible"
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/40622

      Oblivious Palo Alto NIMBYs now question HSR Caltrain route to SF
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/40528 ]
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