HSRA official calls $70k Palo Alto plan to analyze HSR redundant
- Published Wednesday, August 5, 2009, by the Palo Alto Daily Post
Everybody's got rail consultants
Palo Alto plans to spend up to $70,000 to hold seminars and hire consultants to analyze the California High Speed Rail Authority's proposal to run 125-mph trains up the Peninsula but authority officials say they're already spending tens of millions on consultants to do the same work.
City Council on Monday approved hiring outside experts to evaluate plans for the train line. They say the move will give the city an independent opinion on the feasibility of running the trains in a tunnel underground, an option many residents want instead of the 15-foot elevated line on which the trains have been proposed to run.
But rail authority official Rod Diridon said that the authority has already hired the best consultants to design and review the project. He said he didn't have any qualms about Palo Alto's plans, as long as they don't slow anything down.
"The taxpayers, through the (authority) board are already spending tens of millions of dollars to do an exhaustive evaluation," Diridon said. "That's being done by the best engineering firms in the world selected by competitive bid."
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