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Learn more about high-speed rail
August 22, 2009, 09:23 PM

Anyone eager to learn more about high-speed rail plans could benefit from a free workshop on the topic planned from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

Participants will learn about the latest developments in high-speed rail, question experts and discover how the public can influence the design of the project. The event is sponsored by the Peninsula Cities Consortium and is hosted by the city of Palo Alto, in cooperation with Caltrain and the California High Speed Rail Authority.

Among the topics that will be discussed are:    

• What are the myths and realities about the Peninsula project?

• What are best practices from around the world?

• What have other cities experienced during construction of a major railroad in an urban setting?

• Why can’t it be tunneled all the way?

• What impact will eminent domain have on backyards and grade crossings?

The Peninsula Cities Consortium is composed of cities that have joined together to play an active role in the high-speed rail project on the San Francisco Peninsula. The cities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Burlingame and Belmont are members.

"It is our belief that the final design should minimize the impacts upon local communities and incorporate best practices of urban design ideas from rail communities around the world,” explained Palo Alto Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto, who chairs the Peninsula Cities Consortium.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton St., Palo Alto. Admission is free, but space is limited. Advance reservations are required and can be made at For more information visit or call 323-5590.

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