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Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton sue rail authority

Original post made on Oct 5, 2010

Palo Alto, Atherton and Menlo Park launched a fresh lawsuit Thursday against the California High-Speed Rail Authority, claiming the state agency violated state laws when it approved a comprehensive study evaluating the Bay Area-to-Central Valley segment of the 800-mile high-speed rail system. ==B Related stories:==
■ [Web Link Rail authority to discuss Palo Alto station Thursday]

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Posted by Buster
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Shut the corrupt HSR authority down. They only want to keep it going to get their paychecks and they'll lie about ridership as much as they can to keep those fat checks coming in. Our children and grandchildren will have to pay the tab through endless gov't money that will be needed to keep an underutilized HSR running.
THIS PLAN is a bust and only madmen will work to push a busted plan forward. I've reached a point in my life when I'm done following madmen.

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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of Waverly Park
on Oct 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

it is very apparent that the 3 cities infested with some of the most notable filthy richest in this country don't want to see any of their space used for the good of the community. Another excess of capitalism and unchecked democracy and power of money over decency and public good. May be we need Chinese style autocracy to stop this arrogance

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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm

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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2010 at 7:49 pm

The concept of High Speed Rail is fine. What is not fine is the impact that HSR will have upon the cities through which it is planned to run. The HSR is in a rush to break ground by 2012 and has largely ignored the concerns of the cities, and their residents,along the proposed route. An elevated high speed rail line will generate noise pollution. pollution. It is sad, but not unexpected, that the Mountain View City Council has not joined the other cities opposing HSR's concept of full speed ahead - damn the torpedoes.

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Posted by Bruno
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:40 am

I'm glad that Mountain View hasn't joined in on these nimby lawsuits. It shows that we are more grounded than our hyperbolic neighbors.

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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I think Mountain View should be supporting its neighboring cities in rejecting the HSR.

Not because Mountain View should be against mass transit, and not because mass transit may have negative repercussions for the City.

I think Mountain View should reject HSR because this variant of mass transit lacks real participation by localities, a coherent plan, stable funding, or credible data that supports its viability.

Scratch off the veneer of what is currently being called High Speed Rail, and I see a runaway train.

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