These are the questions still facing the California High Speed Rail Authority as a judge handed it back the environmental impact report asking for further study on key topics.
It's a minor victory for opponents to both the Pacheco Pass route and proponents of a Peninsula tunnel for service between San Francisco and San Jose.
The CHSRA has promised to submit an amended EIR by February, though opponents of the proposal think a year should be spent.
There's still some question as to whether Union Pacific will eventually grant rights of way on sections planned along its land, though the CHSRA promises it has alternate routes planned and is in continued negotiations.
Any delays in the process may endanger applications for billions in federal support only available to projects scheduled to break ground by 2012.
But what are a few billion dollars to the residents of Atherton?
Photo by Allan Chen.
Jackson West wishes the bullet-train plans were on the fast track.