UPDATED 9/10/2009
DATE CHANGE: High Speed Rail Route Meeting

DATE CHANGE: The California High Speed Rail Authority is moving its public scoping meeting dates for its San Diego high speed rail segment. They will no longer be held on Sep. 29, Sep. 30, and Oct. 1, as previously announced. The new dates and times have not yet been decided, but will likely be in mid-October. We will inform you of the new dates and times as soon as we receive them.

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Last year the State of California passed a bond measure to support moving forward with a high speed rail project linking California’s major metropolitan areas together. The bond measure included proposed corridors that include Rose Creek and Rose Canyon as well as language indicating that enviromental impacts would be taken into consideration where feasible.

To find out more information or to be involved in the planning process, there will be meetings in San Diego over the next two months or so. Here is the information:

California High-Speed Rail Authority Public Meeting
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has proposed University City be one of three high-speed rail stops in San Diego County, the other two being Escondido and Lindbergh Field.

The purpose of the meeting will be to inform the public about proposed routes for the high-speed rail line through the area, and allow the public to express concerns about the proposed routes through the area. One proposed route enters a tunnel in Carroll Canyon near I-805, travels underground to an underground station at UTC, and exits the tunnel into Rose Canyon near Regents Road. The second proposed route would enter a tunnel at Miramar Road near I-805 and otherwise follow the same route. The train would travel along the I-15 corridor between Escondido and Carroll Canyon.

The comments collected at the meeting, as well as the CHSRA’s response to each comment, will be published around January 2010 as a Scoping Report. Around January or February of 2010, the CHSRA board will select a preferred alternative route for the high-speed rail line.

The format of the meeting will be a workshop or fair, with displays, staff on hand to answer questions, and handouts, but no scheduled presentations. From 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. the meeting will be tailored to public agencies, and from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. the meeting will be tailored to members of the public, although anyone can come and go at any time.

CHSRA representatives are also expected to present at the September meeting of the University Community Planning Group, which will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the University Town Center Forum Hall. There will also be two additional scoping meetings in the San Diego area: in downtown San Diego on September 30 and in Escondido on October 1.

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