High-speed rail worries Peninsula residents
Original post made on Jan 29, 2009
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on Jan 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm
Mountain View, you have a wonderful opportunity to take a stand against the deleterious imposition of the rail authority's indifference to the needs and wishes of each of our cities on the Caltrain corridor.
Join with Atherton, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto so that we can all speak with one voice to say truth to power. Consider creating a multi-town
taskforce that negotiates its agenda and produces unified Resolutions addressing all our anticipated problems with the coming of the high-speed train.
Some day, in the future, the Peninsula will become one continuous dense city. The doubling of the population of California will guarantee this.
Is it not appropriate to put both Caltrain and the high-speed train underground, in a tunnel? Most other major cities have their major rail systems underground. Why not do it now? Would that not solve all our problems as well as those of Caltrain, which can continue to operate at ground level until construction is complete? There would not need to be eminent domain adverse takings, no traffic issues, no temporary Caltrain tracks, no ugly and intrusive retaining walls 15 ft. high and 100 ft. wide.
Caltrain wants to switch to electrified EMUs (electric motorized units), which would make it more like a subway system on the ground. Why not put Caltrain underground?
Tunneling is already planned for the section of rail corridor from S.Tomas Expressway to Diridon Station. Also there will be tunneling beneath San Francisco entering the Transbay Terminal. So the idea of tunneling is not out of the ordinary.
All our cities, including Mt. View, should join to speak with one voice to the rail authorities in order that we will be listened to.
on Jan 31, 2009 at 7:41 am
Trains underground make a lot more sense than cars underground (see Big Dig in Boston Web Link) ). High Speed Rail is a worthy project, but the impacts to the Peninsula warrant a tremendous mitigation. Putting the system underground along with Caltrain is a great solution. It will be expensive, but now is the time for Federal stimulus to fund a worthy project such as this.
Imagine the awesome linear park that could be created above the tunnel right-of-way. Biking between cities up and down the Peninsula without cars zooming past.
I'm with you Martin!
on Feb 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm
Agreed. It has to be underground. Our "death by train" rates alone justify this.