Officials to present high-speed rail plan today

Bay Area transportation officials today will present a plan to Peninsula residents that could bring high-speed electric trains from Southern California to the Bay Area by 2030, according to MTC Planning Director Doug Kimsey.

This afternoon's public workshop in San Carlos is the last of a series of workshops that have been held throughout the Bay Area by a coalition of agencies including MTC, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Caltrain and the California High-Speed Rail Authority, presenting a Regional Rail Plan for the Bay Area.

Today's workshop will focus on the MTC's support for Caltrain's plan to electrify its rail line by 2014, Kimsey said.

Once the Caltrain line is electrified, the CHSRA could then set up an agreement with Caltrain to use their right of way, according to Kimsey.

The CHSRA plan could bring 220-mph bullet trains from downtown San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than 2.5 hours, according to the CHSRA. Its proposed system would connect San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento.

If a high-speed rail is approved, trains could be operating by 2030, according to Kimsey.

Kimsey said he expects the draft Regional Rail Plan to be approved in September.

Today's presentation to the public will include a workshop, brief presentation on the plan, and a question-and-answer session. It takes place at 3:30 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of the San Mateo County Transit District office, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos.

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