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City Council May 5th meeting : Item F2 (possible change in City Policy to allow elevated rail options....

From: domainremoved <Morris>
Date: Fri, 1 May 2015 15:08:41 -0700

The City Council has on its May 5th, council agenda an item (F2),
that might change the City's current policy on how the CalTrain / HSR
tracks might pass through our City.

The current policy is to not allow elevated tracks through MP. The
new staff suggested change is to consider changes in this policy
which might well allow elevated tracks.

I have been following with great interest issues dealing with High
Speed Rail and Caltrain for the last 8 years at least.

The key document is located at:

http://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/7070

Menlo Park, without any doubt, has been by far the worst City on the
peninsula, in dealing with the Caltrain / HSR issues. All the other
cities have held regular Rail Committee meetings and done
considerable amounts of work and study on the issues.

Palo Alto has a policy of saying they oppose the HSR project. Not
Menlo Park, which has repeatedly only held sporadic, at best,
meetings of a "Rail Committee", and those meeting have been without
any meaningful Staff support or substance.

In the few times issues on HSR and Caltrain have come before Council
in the past, they were put at the end of Council Meetings to
accommodate our City attorney and council members who may have a
conflict of interest on the issues.

Elevating the tracks through MP is a disaster period.

The City Council should not change it current position on how
Caltrain (and possibly) HSR tracks will pass through Menlo Park.

morris brown
stone pine lane
Menlo Park
Received on Fri May 01 2015 - 15:05:19 PDT

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