The California High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) was awarded $715 million from the federal government, brining $4.3 billion the funding secured to begin construction on the core of the system in 2012 (see ref 4). Today, the Council High Speed Rail Committee, as appointed by the Mayor, met in the Plaza Conference Room at the Mountain View City Hall to discuss the possible station stop at Mountain View.
Committee members Laura Macias, Tom Means, and Chairperson Ronit Bryant discussed updates to HSRA office hours, Technical Working Group meetings, Policymaker Working Group meetings, and solutions to Noise and Visual impacts from the 3 proposed mid-peninsula High Speed Train Stations at Millbrae, Palo Alto, and downtown Mountain View.
Palo Alto has already declined interest in the project, but has raised concerns over a potential decline in property values. The lowest possible impact on our communities will involve an engineering solution to create uncovered and covered trenches which will require additional funding. The committee will need 90 days for sending letters regarding the High-Speed Rail Project. For those interested, their next meeting will be held on December 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm. A Town Hall Community Meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 4 and 18 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at San Jose City Hall on 200 Santa Clara Street to discuss plans for San Jose and the development of a Cooperative Agreement between the City and the California High-Speed Rail Authority.