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Tunnels still possible in Palo Alto, officials say

Original post made on Feb 11, 2010

Underground tunnels, elevated tracks and even "stacked trains" running through Palo Alto are all options still on the table for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, rail officials said Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 2:31 PM

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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

The MV CIty Council is getting walked all over! We'll end up with the most obtrusive part of the package-- the terminus of the Palo ALto boondoggle tunnel-- running through half of town. The entrance to downtown Mtn View will be a big concrete wall.

Man up, council,and pay attention! Anyone talking about how much of a financial contribution is expected from local cities? If this happens, MV will have no choice but to sell development rights that will turn the area in and around downtown into another Sunnyvale.

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Posted by Sonny Vail
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Oh god, not another Sunnyvale!

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I saw an interesting idea on a Google personal map. It involved running the Light Rail single track down the center of Central and letting the light rail right-of-way go to HSR. Now maybe think of a HSR terminus at Mountain view downtown - but with the whole top of the Central- Whisman, Light Rail, Caltrain (HSR) covered by a multi-acre multi-transit facility. Central, Caltrain, HSR all slide beneath, Light Rail ends like it does now - but on story #2. Think NYC Grand Central Station but on a smaller scale.

Of course, this only saves the $2,000,000,000 to underground through our neighbors to the north, and not the + $2,000,000,000 to underground through the I280 complex in downtown SJ.

One set of switches to track the HSR to an electrified Caltrain, several dozen overpasses and 100 miles of prefab sound barriers would make a much cheaper (and not much slower) system,

PS - Alma expressway and the current rails effectively cut PA in two anyway! What is that fuss?

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Posted by james
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

this is f'ing ridiculous! you penninsula nimby's ruined a chance for bart to extend down the penninsula back in the 70's when you voted down a 1/2 cent sales tax!

game over!

you get no more say in mass transit. you are all too stupid and selfish!

sorry. truth hurts, actions speak even louder.

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