Palo Alto Weekly

Cover Story - September 24, 2010

Where they stand

How Peninsula cities have protested the rail plans

ATHERTON: Sued the California High-Speed Rail Authority in 2008, prompting the agency to de-certify and revise its Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Council voted unanimously this week to join new suit against the rail authority, claiming the revised EIR failed to address the city's comments. Wrote a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration urging the agency "not to provide any federal money to the California high-speed rail project at this time."

BELMONT: Council submitted a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration requesting that the agency "reject any proposal to fund an aerial solution along any part of the San Francisco Caltrain corridor." The council is also scheduled to consider next week whether to join the lawsuit against the rail authority.

BURLINGAME: Council submitted a letter a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) last month requesting the agency fund Caltrain and "let the CHSRA take the time needed to get alignment, business plan and other critical factors right before coming to you for more money." The letter urges the FRA not to fund any "aerial option" through the Peninsula. The council met in closed session this week to consider joining the lawsuit but did not reach a decision. Council members are scheduled to revisit the subject next week.

MENLO PARK: Sued the California High-Speed Rail Authority in 2008, prompting the agency to de-certify and revise its Program EIR. Council voted 4-0 this week, with one member abstaining, to join the new suit against the rail authority, claiming that the revised EIR failed to address the city's comments.

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Council held a meeting earlier this week to discuss high-speed rail. The majority of the council said they were opposed to hosting a station in the city.

PALO ALTO: Council unanimously adopted a "no confidence" resolution in the high-speed rail project this week and voted to file a lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

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