Caltrain asks CHSRA to phase in construction work on Peninsula

With opposition to high-speed rail seemingly increasing everyday on the Peninsula, Caltrain’s executive director has urged the architects of the project to phase in construction in a manner that would minimize impacts on the communities.

While no designs have been finalized, the California High Speed Rail Authority has indicated plans to run trains through elevated platforms in several Peninsula communities, a proposal that has drawn the ire of local communities.

To alleviate some of the impacts of the rail development, Caltrain chief Michael Scanlon has written a letter to the CHSRA, urging them to implement their construction work in phases while the project continues to grow.

Scanlon wants the authority to review its current construction plans, which propose to build the initial high-speed rail infrastructure based on ridership projections for 2030.

“Under a phased approach, subsequent construction of the more controversial elements of the full build out could be deferred, subject to demonstrated need and further environmental review,” Scanlon said.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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