The northern leg of the planned California high-speed rail line will link San Francisco with San Jose. That segment is already covered by the Caltrain commuter line. Will the two operators eventually share a common right-of-way?
Caltrain hopes it will so they can take advantage of the electrification and grade separations the project will require. When I worked in the media industry, we had a word for that: synergy. Caltrain could leverage the project to improve its service and, in all likelihood, generate higher ridership. Cities along the route could see new development, especially adjacent to station areas.
But, according to the Palo Alto Daily News, municipalities along the way have reservations. They worry about displaced business owners and endangered historic properties. The cities of Menlo Park and Atherton are participating in a lawsuit claiming that the rail project underestimates the potential harm.
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