The public is invited to attend and comment at public hearings for the Bay Area to Central Valley section of California’s proposed high-speed train (HST) system.
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with public testimony beginning at about 4:15 p.m.
Hearing dates and locations:
August 23, 2007 — San Francisco: San Francisco City Hall, Board Chambers, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. to give testimony before California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) members regarding the Environmental Impact Review. Earlier in the afternoon, Newsom will meet with CHSRA Chair Judge Quentin Kopp to discuss the high speed rail project.
August 24, 2007 — San Jose: San Jose City Hall, City Council Chambers, 200 East Santa Clara Street.
August 27, 2007 — Livermore: Livermore City Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Avenue.
August 28, 2007 — Oakland: Oakland City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor.
August 29, 2007 — Gilroy: Gilroy City Hall, City Council Chambers, 7351 Rosanna Street.
August 30, 2007 — Merced: Merced County Administration Building, Board Chambers, 2222 M Street, 3rd Floor.
September in Stockton — Date to be announced.
In July 2007, the Authority, in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), released its draft program-level environmental impact report/statement (EIR/EIS) describing alignment alternatives connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley — namely within the broad corridor between and including the Altamont Pass and Pacheco Pass.
The next step in this second program environmental review process is to select a preferred alignment as well as station locations for this section of the HST system. Public comment is an important part of the decision-making process.
Comments received will be considered by the Authority and FRA as they weigh the impacts and make choices among the various alignment and station location options. The draft environmental analysis is being made available to the public in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for a 70-day comment period, which will end on September 28, 2007. Written comments can be mailed to the Authority or sent electronically via the Authority’s website.
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