High Speed Rail Pushing Forward

Rail Authority looking to push through the politics on the peninsula.

By RJ Middleton
|  Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011  |  Updated 8:41 AM PDT
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High Speed Rail Pushing Forward

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High-speed rail is back on track -- at least, according to the Calif. High-Speed Rail Authority it is.

With significant political headwinds against it on the peninsula, the authority is still pushing for a full buildout of the line, to stretch from San Francisco to San Jose. To move things forward, the authority is ditching the environmental impact report, according to San Mateo's The Daily Journal.

Three politicians have opposed the buildout, despite the plan to keep the train elevated through their represented towns of Menlo Park and Palo Alto.

Another obstacle was thrown onto the track when the authority's public relations firm "abruptly resigned" on Thursday. Rumor was that the authority was going to ditch the PR firm later this month, anyway.

Stations are planned for SF, MIllbrae and San Jose, with a possible mid-line station somewhere on the peninsula.

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