Californians For High Speed Rail Welcomes High Speed Rail Alternatives Announcement

Calls on Bay Area residents to provide feedback on proposed options for building high speed rail

 

San Jose, Calif., April 8, 2010 – Californians For High Speed Rail, a statewide grassroots coalition of high speed rail supporters, welcomed today’s release of the draft Alternatives Analysis for the San Francisco to San Jose segment of the high speed rail project.
“This is a key milestone in the process of planning and ultimately building California’s long-anticipated high speed rail system,” said Robert Cruickshank, Chair of Californians For High Speed Rail. “After so much heated rhetoric and scare tactics from project opponents, the Bay Area can finally see for itself the specific options for building the high speed trains that will secure our future prosperity and environmental stewardship. With this document, the public now has a systematic way to review the alternatives, free of the hyperbole that has characterized previous discussions of high speed rail.”
The draft Alternatives Analysis document, released at a California High Speed Rail Authority board meeting on Thursday in San Jose, lays out several different options for how to construct the high speed rail infrastructure and improvements to the existing Caltrain corridor between San Francisco and San Jose.

“With the release of specific proposals, Peninsula residents like myself can see for ourselves how high speed rail can benefit our communities,” said Bianca Walser, a Menlo Park resident and a Californians For High Speed Rail board member. “I’m looking forward to having a safer rail corridor and reduced traffic in my neighborhood, as well as being able to travel to other cities more quickly on the improved Caltrain and high speed trains.”

Californians For High Speed Rail encourages all members of the public to examine the proposals and submit their comments on the specific proposals to the California High Speed Rail Authority. The draft Alternatives Analysis shows that California’s high speed rail system is on track to remain eligible for billions in federal stimulus funds recently awarded to the state for the high speed rail project.
About Californians For High Speed Rail
Californians For High Speed Rail (CA4HSR) is a grassroots, statewide coalition of high speed rail supporters advocating for the high speed rail project approved by California voters in November 2008. Founded in 2005, we exist to educate, inform, and organize Californians about ways they can help make high speed rail a reality in the Golden State. Additionally, CA4HSR also encourages sustainable development of the high speed rail (HSR) system, promotes the building of HSR stations in city centers, transit-oriented developments, as well as developing/improving feeder transit systems. Visit us at: www.ca4hsr.org