High Speed Rail planning starts Tuesday in SF for Peninsula corridor

Tuesday, September 8th in San Francisco is the first of four meetings starting the planning for High Speed Rail on the Peninsula corridor from San Francisco through Gilroy.    All of the meetings will have the same program – an open house format starting at 4pm, with a presentation at 6pm.

San Francisco  – Tuesday, September 8, 4-7pm
Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco

San Jose – Tuesday, September 15, 4-7pm
Roosevelt Community Center
901 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose

Morgan Hill – Wednesday, September 23, 4pm-7pm
Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center
17000 Monterey Rd., Morgan Hill

Burlingame – Wednesday, October 7, 4-7pm
Burlingame Auditorium, 850 Burlingame Avenue

If you’re interested and concerned about planning for High Speed rail service, and how HSR and Caltrain can work well together – these are important meetings to attend.

Unfortunately, there are no meetings yet scheduled for the Peninsula cities with the highest Caltrain ridership – Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City, San Mateo.   Ben Tripousis, Northern California representative for High Speed Rail, says that there will eventually be meetings in all 19 cities on the corridor.

Also unfortunately, the San Francisco and San Jose meetings aren’t close to Caltrain – both are about 30 minutes by bus or 15-20 minutes by bike from the train station.  The High Speed Rail project will have a major influence on Caltrain, including decisions regarding grade separations, station design, schedule, and commute capacity.  It would be better for HSR meetings to be more accessible to Caltrain users.