High Speed Rail still on track, says representative
“The Authority won't select a preferred alignment and station location until the environmental review process is complete for the San Jose to Merced project section in roughly 2016,” Tripousis added. “The process will include significant community outreach and input before coming to a decision.”Ketchum is confident that if the CHSRA hasn’t decided on the Gilroy station’s location by then, the City can surely plan for it during the next General Plan process.The statewide high-speed rail system, according to documents provided during the Gilroy High-Speed Train Station Visioning Process, are forecasted to carry up to 100 million passengers each year as early as 2035. The 800-mile system will link the Bay area, the Central Valley and southern California together through 24 stations, all with an expected travel time of 160 minutes.“We're talking about development in and around the downtowns of all of our stations, increasing densities in the downtown cities and allowing for greater economic development,” Tripousis said.
This disaster keeps getting worse. Gilroy is is a community of 50,000. $600,000 to add HSR to their General Plan? No, a $600k bribe to grease the tracks. Come on. The construction of the station shouldn't cost much more than a million or two.
Nota bene. Almost every number uttered in the excerpt above is incorrect. No points for guessing in which direction.