Letter: Keep HSR off SF Peninsula -- run it to Oakland instead
- 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.
[BATN: See also:
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