Archived News Release from 2010
For Immediate Release
Community Invited to High Speed Rail Information Meeting on Potential Station in Redwood City
View the archived web stream of the November 3 meeting
Redwood City, CA - October 29, 2010 - A California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) workshop focusing on a possible High Speed Rail station in Redwood City is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 7 – 9 pm. The community is encouraged to attend and participate in this important discussion. The meeting will be held at Redwood City’s City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.
This is the second of two meetings here concerning a possible high speed rail station in Redwood City. At this meeting, the CHSRA staff will briefly recap the October 13 meeting, offer more information on issues such as parking and traffic, and provide a look at other HSR stations from throughout the world. Following their presentation will be plenty of time for questions and answers, as well as a facilitated discussion around the opportunities, benefits, challenges, and concerns that a HSR station may bring to the Redwood City community.
During the first meeting on October 13, CHSRA representatives provided an overview of considerations, features, and potential impacts of a station option in Redwood City. The community offered many questions and valuable comments concerning the potential for a station in Redwood City. This second meeting will continue the discussion, both for those that attended the first meeting, and those that are only able to attend the second one.
The results of both of these meetings will provide Redwood City and the CHSRA with information and public input on the critical issues and concerns that the community may have about a station in Redwood City. The high speed rail project’s environmental review process will analyze all three of the CHSRA’s mid-peninsula station options (Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Mountain View) even though only one station (or perhaps none) will be implemented. The meetings will also provide Redwood City with information about the community’s desires in regards to a possible station, and whether the City should actively pursue locating a station here.
The CHSRA identified Redwood City as a potential station site early in the program’s descriptions. Redwood City did not request that it be considered for a station; rather the City’s central location on the peninsula and its proximity to downtown and multi-modal transit options made it a logical location for consideration of a station, according to the CHSRA.
Without adequate information as yet, neither the community nor the City Council of Redwood City have discussed or expressed a preference for a station in Redwood City – this would be the first information provided to the community by the Authority on what a station might encompass in Redwood City. More information on the City’s perspective on the High Speed Rail issues is on the City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org/HSR.html.
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Building, Infrastructure and Transportation Department