Bullet train route to Central Valley to be considered

July 3, 2008 11:59am

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Public comments are being sought for a July 9 meeting at which the California High-Speed Rail Authority will select a preferred route for the bullet train between the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The authority will take in the public comments on July 8.

A final decision would lay the foundation for project work on this part of the statewide high-speed rail system, if it’s ever built.

In addition, the authority will consider issuing “requests for qualifications” for project-level environmental and engineering work on the high-speed rail system and one for a separate and independent joint-use rail infrastructure project to be proposed for the Altamont Corridor.

The July 8 meeting is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and the July 9 meeting at 10 a.m. Both will be held at the Judicial Council Conference Center Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for building and operating a high-speed train system that is integrated with the state’s intercity trains and bus networks, covering some 800 miles at speeds up to 220 mph.

Money to build the system is yet to be found.

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