At a meeting of the High-Speed Rail Authority in San Jose last night, Burlingame mayor Cathy Baylock described the proposed above-ground route as a “monster” that “will destroy the city of Burlingame” by dissecting it into two. Burlingame already has problems with the ground-level Caltrain lines running through the city, she said. While a meeting to discuss the state’s high-speed rail plan was winding down, a local man was killed by a night train running through the city.
Baylock was part of the standing-room-only crowd that attended the meeting to air its grievances. Local leaders fear that their concerns will be overshadowed by the region’s larger cities, San Jose and San Francisco.
While members of the High-Speed Rail Authority said they understand their concerns, they also pointed out that the preferred solution—putting the line in a covered trench—could cost four to five times as much as the $4.5 billion currently proposed.
Nevertheless, Rod Diridon, Sr. says that no decisions have been finalized yet. Instead the Rail Authority is simply looking at more options. They are hoping to find a compromise, which will address local concerns while keeping costs as low as possible. After all, says, Robert Doty of the Peninsula Rail Program, “We are the great compromisers of the world.”
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