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High-Speed Rail Authority to unveil alignment options between the Bay Area and Central Valley

(The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board issued the following news release on March 20.)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board (CHSRA) will meet in Oakland on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at the State Building, Elihu Harris Auditorium (1515 Clay Street) at 1:30 PM to hear a presentation on key potential alignments and station locations between the Bay Area and Central Valley. The Bay Area and Central Valley route is a critical segment for California's proposed high-speed train system that is over 700 miles long and links the State's major metropolitan areas.

Alignment options will include southern approaches to the Bay Area through the Pacheco Pass east of Gilroy and eastern approaches through the Altamont Pass east of Livermore. A map and description of the proposed alignment and stations options will be presented at the meeting and is available on the CHSRA website at www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/meetings.

The evaluation criteria set forth by the CHSRA and the Federal Railroad Administration for potential alignment and station location options will help determine the best route to connect high-speed electrified trains to link the Bay Area cities to the Central Valley and beyond. Draft evaluation criteria to be presented includes, maximizing ridership and revenue potential, transit-oriented development, and connectivity with other modes of transportation while minimizing potential environmental impacts.

"To provide Californian's with an efficient travel option that is environmentally sound, is practical and achievable. I encourage the state's policymakers to be vigilant to continue the work to build a high-speed train system for California's future," said Fran Florez, CHSRA Chair.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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