PALO ALTO (KCBS) – A proposal unveiled by State Senator Jerry Hill on Friday would tie together the future of Caltrain and high-speed rail in the state.
If approved, the measure would prevent the California High-Speed Rail Authority from widening the Caltrain right-of-way without the consent of communities on the Peninsula.
Since voters approved the high-speed rail bond in 2008, residents who live near Caltrain have raised objections about the increased noise and traffic the additional trains are expected to bring. Many expressed worries that eminent domain would be used to seize land adjacent to the tracks to build a separate set of tracks exclusively for the bullet trains.
KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports: