Officials representing the High-Speed Rail Authority got an earful from San Carlos residents and city officials on strategies they are considering to facilitate high-speed and commuter service along the Peninsula’s stretch of Caltrain corridor.

Questions from councilmembers and residents swirled about the demand for high-speed rail, how adjustments could affect existing infrastructure — particularly as a viaduct 50 feet above the current tracks is one proposal — and how plans are being communicated to residents in communities surrounding the tracks, among others.

Recommended for you

(6) comments


I hope the city wakes up and does the right thing! With all the new development Wheeler Plaza the Transit Village etc. The city will be irreparably changed, the last thing we need is to further divide our community with a higher wall between the east and west side. If its not good for our southern boarder with Mexico how can it be a good idea for San Carlos? We aren't rapidly seeing our small town community change to a big little city.


A joke from the start. It would never cost just $64,000,000,000, ever. No one is gonna use it, or at least never enough to ever pay for its costs nor even at the least, the operatic expenses. When you get to LA, what ya gonna do? rent a car or sit with some gang bangers on the bus? So many things wrong, so many people never thought further than there nose!

vincent wei

I wish if the City of San Mateo would take a similar position in terms of informing it's citizenry about the real impacts of HSR on the City of San Mateo. They are using another Trojan horse approach (electrification) to get the HSR larger project approved.

For example, instead of showing the real elevations of the proposed grade separations in San Mateo, they allowed Caltrain to use oblique elevations, like a drone picture/bird's eye view of the proposed grade change structures, which made the changes look very minimal. The fact is that with the berms and electric towers the actual height of the berm and towers is around 60 feet high. Most folks don't know that fact and wouldn't approve it if they did. It will become a wall splitting San Mateo down the middle.

Maybe like San Carlos, it's time for a Greater East San Mateo representative board to be formed?


Former Congressman Bill Royer recounts a 1962 solution for San Mateo County:


Tunnel baby, tunnel. It's the only HSR route that won't destroy Peninsula cities and neighborhoods.


Oh yeah. That will be cheap. Very practical? The state of california would have been better to have circled the bay with BART. Now Santa clara is refusing to plan long term on its implementation.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for visiting the Daily Journal.

Please purchase an Enhanced Subscription to continue reading. To continue, please log in, or sign up for a new account.

We offer one free story view per month. If you register for an account, you will get two additional story views. After those three total views, we ask that you support us with a subscription.

A subscription to our digital content is so much more than just access to our valuable content. It means you’re helping to support a local community institution that has, from its very start, supported the betterment of our society. Thank you very much!