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What should be covered in the Caltrain Electrification Environmental Study?

Caltrain will take written and in-person comments on the topics that should be covered in the Environmental Impact Report for Caltrain electrification until 5 pm on March 18, 2013.

Under the California Environmental Quality Act, projects need to study and disclose impacts on traffic, access, air quality, greenhouse gases, noise, trees, esthetics, and several other categories, and develop plans to reduce negative impacts where feasible.

Caltrain did an EIR for electrification earlier, but is redoing the study since the old work is out of date. Electrification is expected to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, to have both positive and negative impacts on traffic, and affect trees depending on the location.

At the start of the environmental study, the public gets to comment on what should be studied. Folk interested in Caltrain electrification should attend one of these meetings and comment.

If you have ideas or questions about what should be covered in the Caltrain electrification EIR, please comment – and be sure to give your comments to Caltrain in person or in writing.

Caltrain will hold four public scoping meetings in late February and Early March. Because of this schedule, Friends of Caltrain will not be hosting a forum on Feb 27 – everyone is encouraged to attend on of the scoping meetings instead.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
• Caltrain Office, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos
• Open House 3pm-6 pm
• Public Scoping Meeting 6pm-8 pm

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6pm-8pm
• Palo Alto City Hall, City Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto,

Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013, 6pm-8pm
• Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Headquarters, Auditorium, 3331 N. First St., San Jose

Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013, 6pm-8pm
• San Francisco City Hall, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., San Francisco,

You can send written comments by email to electrification@caltrain.com, with “Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project” in the subject heading.

Or send paper mail to

Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)
Attn: Stacy Cocke, Senior Planner
1250 San Carlos Ave.
P.O. Box 3006
San Carlos, CA 94070-1306


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    • September 18, 2014

      Caltrain BAC meeting

      Starts: 6:30 pm

      Location: 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos, CA

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    • October 1, 2014

      SamTrans Board meeting

      Starts: 2:00 pm

      Location: 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos, CA

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      Caltrain JPB meeting

      Starts: 10:00 am

      Location: Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium San Mateo County Transit District 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

    • October 9, 2014

      TJPA Board Meeting

      Starts: 9:30 am

      Location: City Hall, Room 416, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102

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      TJPA CAC Meeting

      Starts: 5:30 pm

      Location: 201 Mission Street, Suite 2100 San Francisco, CA

    • October 15, 2014

      Caltrain CAC meeting

      Starts: 5:30 pm

      Location: Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium San Mateo County Transit District 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

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      SamTrans Board meeting

      Starts: 2:00 pm

      Location: 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos, CA

    • November 6, 2014

      Caltrain JPB meeting

      Starts: 10:00 am

      Location: Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium San Mateo County Transit District 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

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      TJPA CAC Meeting

      Starts: 5:30 pm

      Location: 201 Mission Street, Suite 2100 San Francisco, CA

    • November 13, 2014

      TJPA Board Meeting

      Starts: 9:30 am

      Location: City Hall, Room 416, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102