What is High Speed Rail (HSR)?
In November 2008, voters supported High Speed Rail (HSR) through the passing of Proposition 1A. Managed by the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), HSR is a state-of-the-art-train system that connects northern to southern California. HSR will support the long term growth and economic sustainability of California.
City of Millbrae's Comments on the HSR Alternatives Analysis
On June 29, 2010 the City of Millbrae submitted to the Deputy Director of CHSRA its comments on the Alternatives Analysis. Click on the link below to read the City's letter to CHSRA.
City of Millbrae's Comments on the Alternatives Analysis
Here are just a few of the highlights...
o The train will reach speeds of over 200 mph in some rural segments and will reach speeds of up to 120
mph in San Mateo.
o The objective of the system is to provide an alternative to commercial air travel which has limited remaining
capacity but increasing demand.
o To be competitive with air travel, the plan is to be able to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2
hours and 40 minutes. The travel time between San Jose and San Francisco will be 30 minutes.
o The HSR will travel along the San Mateo Peninsula sharing the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
(Caltrain) right of way. This will require adding two additional tracks in most segments.
o A station in Millbrae is required as part of the enabling legislation. Another station is being discussed which
could be located in either Redwood City, Palo Alto or Mountain View.
o The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB) and the High Speed Rail Authority have entered into a
Memorandum of Understanding that makes the High Speed Rail project a joint effort between the two
agencies. The joint effort has been titled the Peninsula Rail Project (PRP).
o The High Speed Rail Authority was currently allocated 2.25 billion of Federal Stimulus Funds. The Federal
Stimulus Funds require that the environmental work be completed in 2011 and that construction begin on
some segments as early as 2012.
Our “Portion” of Rail
The entire rail system runs from San Francisco and will ultimately end in San Diego. Needless to say, it is a large project, and it has been broken up into rail “segments.” Our segment is within the San Jose to San Francisco segment.
HSRA's Community Outreach Model
The High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) has adopted a community input process called Context Sensitive Solutions.
Context Sensitive Solutions has three primary principles:
o Strive towards a shared stakeholder vision as a basis for decisions
o Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of contexts
o Exercise flexibility and creativity to shape effective transportation solutions while preserving and enhancing
community and natural environments
A draft report showing analysis of various options (track alignments) for shaping our corridor’s rail system from San Francisco to San Jose was released on April 8, 2010. The City and the Peninsula Rail Program (PRP) – a partnership between the High Speed Rail Authority and Caltrain – hosted community workshops in Millbrae in April and October 2010.
Below is a list of other resources on HSR.
If you wish to be added to the CHSRA High Speed Rail contact listing, click here to submit your contact information.