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Important California meetings Wednesday

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) will hold its Board meeting September 26 in the State Capitol, followed by a public hearing for the Bay Area to Central Valley section of California’s proposed high-speed train (HST) system.

CHSRA MEETING: The CHSRA Board meeting is the first since the Governor and Legislature approved the 2007-08 enacted State budget, which provides $20.7 million to continue project implementation. As such, the Executive Director’s Report and Program Manager’s Report will outline the team’s efforts through the coming year, including consolidating the project’s finance plan, finalizing the Bay Area EIR/EIS, and continuing pre-engineering working along the alignment. There will also be discussion about development of a master schedule that will include design and construction timelines for the segment running between Anaheim and the Bay Area.

PUBLIC HEARING: Following the Authority meeting, there will be a public hearing for the Bay Area to Central Valley section of the proposed high-speed train system. In July 2007, the Authority, in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), released its draft program-level environmental impact report/statement (EIR/EIS) describing alignment alternatives connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley — namely within the broad corridor between and including the Altamont Pass and Pacheco Pass.

The next step in this second program environmental review process is to select a preferred alignment as well as station locations for this section of the HST system. Public comment is an important part of the decision-making process.

Meeting dates and locations:

The CHSRA Board Meeting: September 26 – State Capitol, Room 112, 10th Street and Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA. Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Bay Area to Central Valley Segment Public Hearing: The hearing will be held at the same location, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (following the CHSRA Board meeting), with public testimony beginning at about 11:15 a.m.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, United States High Speed Rail

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