Palo Alto Votes Against High-Speed Rail Station

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010  |  Updated 7:31 AM PDT
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Palo Alto Votes Against High-Speed Rail Station

California High-Speed Rail Authority

It appears California's proposed $43 billion San Francisco-to-Los Angeles bullet train won't be making a stop in Palo Alto.

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It appears California's proposed $43 billion San Francisco-to-Los Angeles bullet train won't be making a stop in Palo Alto.

The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to tell the California High-Speed Rail Authority and other agencies the city doesn't want a Palo Alto station along the route. But the council did not take a formal stance against the rail line through the Peninsula, saying they didn't want to speak for other cities.

Palo Alto, Mountain View and Redwood City are being considered for a 67,000-square-foot mid-Peninsula station that would handled nearly 16,000 passengers daily.

Reasons for objections to the station include anticipated traffic woes and a required 1,000-space parking structure, which would be paid by the city. Council members also suggested the rail could have an adverse impact on Bay Area airports and Caltrain.

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