Plan to modernize Caltrain sails through regional commission Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Mar 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Caltrain's stalled effort to electrify its tracks flickered to life Wednesday morning when the Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved an agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority that includes as its centerpiece a plan for funding the electrification project.
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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow, a resident of another community, on Mar 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm
The HSR authority heard, at the hearing in Mountain View earlier this month that the legislature, the legislative analyst, the peer review board, and local residents wanted construction to begin at the bookends (Peninsula and L.A.) As a result of the hearing, the HSR authority knew that there was significant risk that the legislature would not approve funds for the 300 mile Obama Railroad in central CA. As I see it, this is a quid pro quo arrangement - vote to release the funds for the 300 mile Obama Railroad and we will electrify Caltrain.
Posted by Mike Laursen, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm
I'm not sure how to interpret this news in light of high-speed rail's being a boondoggle with insufficient funding that is never going to actually be built. If Caltrain hitches its wagon to the High-Speed Rail Authority, how is it not going to end up losing?
Posted by Ed, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 30, 2012 at 5:42 am
Caltrain's wagon was headed towards the cliff as it was, barely scraping enough money to continue operating, never mind $1.5 billion for electrification. To me hitching it to HSR seems like a risk worth taking.
Posted by tommygee54, a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood, on Apr 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm
Yes UNDERPASSES; we need them. Especially at Rengstorff at Central Expressway. To me this is the worst intersection in Mountain View. I hope that we do not have to wait a long time for an underpass/bridge situation. I bypass this intersection at all costs.