Council Leads High Speed Rail Discussion Ahead of Business Plan Release
Council President Jim Wunderman convened a powerful gathering of high speed rail supporters this week to discuss our progress in building regional consensus around a “blended system” for both electrifying Caltrain and providing the infrastructure necessary to run high speed trains between San Francisco and San Jose. Officials from Caltrain and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority provided an in-depth look at the great strides being made by both agencies in analyzing and planning for the implementation of the blended system.
California High Speed Rail Authority Commissioners Dan Richard and Jim Hartnett also gave some hints about what to expect from the Authority’s revised business plan, due out on November 1. Richard told the group that the business plan will take an aggressive, but realistic approach to funding and that previous ridership projections have been revised to include low, medium and high ridership scenarios. Jeff Heller of Heller Manus Architects delivered a compelling slideshow on China’s high speed rail system. Thanks to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for hosting the event.