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Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton sue rail authority

Midpeninsula cities, nonprofit groups, claim latest high-speed rail plans violate state environmental law

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.

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Posted by Mildred
a resident of Meadow Park
on Oct 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

HSR will continue to stonewall any initiative that could serve to delay, or prevent, funding. Funding is the Achilles heal of HSR.

The political fix has been in from the get-go, so HSR leadership has not felt threatened by public comments unless/until public ideas begin resonating with elected officials. Then HSR administrators perk up and do their best to make it look like they are taking public comments/suggestions seriously. They aren't.

HSR and the 49ers are looking more and more alike with each passing week. The Niners acted like they had a plan and the personnel to carry it off, but they are now 0-4. HSR is infinitely more complicated but seems to be in the game with an even weaker line-up and a more inept management, if that is possible.

The BIG difference: HSR relies upon public money (our money) for its life-blood. Ouch.


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Posted by Dennis "galen" Mitrzyk
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

Make no mistake about it, if we aren't able to stop this insane HSR boondoggle, the Peninsula that we know and love will be ruined for the next hundred years. So too will the future of the entire State of California be ruined by the insurmountable debt that will be incurred if we can't kill this monstrous beast.


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Posted by trainlover
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm

All of you anti-HSR people go right ahead and block high speed rail in California. Stick you head in the sand if you so desire. That just means more funding for us in the midwest. We'll be smiling in our 150+ mph chicago-to-st. louis trains while you're still fighting over how to get through the Bay area. So go right ahead and fight; all the better for us.


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Posted by A sane Palo Altan
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm

"Make no mistake about it, if we aren't able to stop this insane HSR boondoggle, the Peninsula that we know and love will be ruined for the next hundred years. So too will the future of the entire State of California be ruined by the insurmountable debt that will be incurred if we can't kill this monstrous beast. "

= A bunch of nonsense.

The Peninsula won't change with HSR except along some section of the train corridor... that is already a train corridor, of all things!

We'll have another way of getting around the state than flying or driving, that will be much cleaner and pleasant.

Infrastructure projects such as HSR are actually smart projects that will help the economy and will "ruin" the state much less than yet more freeways and/or airports.


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Posted by Cost!
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm

"We'll be smiling in our 150+ mph chicago-to-st. louis trains while you're still fighting over how to get through the Bay area."

And you'll be paying for it for 100 years.


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Posted by YayHSR
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm

As a Palo Altan, it is sad to see my city joining Atherton in trying to fight off mass transit. I see HSR as a huge opportunity, and it is sad to see PA fighting to move it to the East Bay. I'm sure PA would have fought tooth and nail to prevent Caltrain too if the rails hadn't already been here.


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