Judge rules that high speed rail studies can continue in the Peninsula, despite lawsuit

The show will go on for high speed rail in the Peninsula.

In a tentative ruling issued Thursday, a Sacramento judge announced that engineers from the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) can continue to conduct environmental review studies, despite an ongoing lawsuit from the Peninsula towns of Atherton and Menlo Park.

The two cities, concerned about the potential impacts of high speed rail in their communities, sued the CHSRA, saying that engineers did not fully pursue options of routing the line through the East Bay.

While the suit remains, the decision that the CHSRA can maintain its environmental review schedule was taken as a victory for the agency.

“We’re happy to see that the tentative ruling supports our position that granting a stay on the project is unnecessary since the project is in the planning stage and could cost the state funding and jobs,” said Jeff Barker, the Authority’s Deputy Director.

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