Monday, April 11, 2016

Green Caltrain: Two HSR meetings this week in San Jose: the Diridon approach, and the business plan

This week Tuesday and Wednesday in San Jose, there are two different meetings relating to High Speed Rail’s plans to connect the Central Valley to San Jose and San Jose to San Francisco.
Tuesday – Community Working Group – the Approach to Diridon
On Tuesday April 12 from 6-8pm, the High Speed Rail Authority is holding its first Community Working Group meeting.  This is a stakeholder group convened to give feedback to the High Speed Rail Authority from San Jose, on the segments from Merced to San Jose and San Jose to San Francisco. The topics this group will handle include the recently changed proposal to approach Diridon via an at-grade approach through the Gardner neighborhood, instead of an aerial approach earlier considered.  At the meeting the High Speed Rail Authority will seek feedback on the alignment alternatives.
If you are interested in decisions about the approach to Diridon, come to this meeting if you can, and the Wednesday meeting if that’s the one you can make.
The location is the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library (921 South First Street San Jose, CA  95110) from 6:00 – 8:00pm, and is open to the public.   Here is a link to the agenda.
Wednesday – High Speed Rail Business Plan
On Wednesday April 13 from 6 to 8pm, Ben Tripousis, the Northern California lead for the High Speed Rail Authority, will talk about High Speed Rail’s recent business plan, in a meeting organized by Councilmember Raul Peralez office in response to constituent requests requests from his constituents.
If you are interested in topics relating to the business plan, including High Speed Rail’s proposal to jumpstart the program with commute service from the Central Valley, the funding sources for the project, or have other questions you’d like to ask Mr. Tripousis about High Speed Rail, come to this one.
The meeting will be held at the Martin Luther King Library (Downtown), Room 255.

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