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Will High-Speed Rail’s First Stop Be In San Jose Or LA?

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) – It’s shaping up to be a battle between San Jose and Los Angeles for which city will get the first bullet trains in California, as officials are considering whether to extend the first leg of the rail system to Silicon Valley or Southern California.

At their meeting this Thursday, the California High-Speed Rail board will discuss the merits of each direction.

”If there’s a service that stops in San Jose in the meantime, we would just need to make sure that Caltrain is fully prepared and has made the improvements that need to be made in order for that corridor to accommodate those new riders,” said Seamus Murphy with Caltrain.

He said their system will have to be electrified before it can handle the increased capacity from bullet train passengers who want to continue on to San Francisco.

If San Jose is chosen, high speed rail stops would include Gilroy and four towns in the Central Valley.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

A final decision will likely be made by the high speed rail authority next year, with service possibly starting later this decade.

Meantime, nearly all planning work on a four-track bullet train system along the Peninsula has been halted as authorities consider a lower-cost option that would minimize the impact on neighborhoods. The board will explore options at Thursday’s meeting.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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