The Friends of Rose Creek support public transportation projects in appropriate locations. We consider putting a rail line in Rose Creek an inappropriate location.  The current planning efforts for high speed rail in San Diego include two proposed alignments. In each alignment, there would be a station in Escondido and one at Lindbergh Field.  One alignment tunnels under University City, comes up along the I-5 corridor and into Rose Creek from the intersection of I-5 and Hwy-52 heading south to Lindbergh Field.  The other alignment goes through Kearny Mesa along the Hwy-163 corridor to Mission Valley, then east along I-8 per this image taken from the full report

Blue indicates above grade, green at grade and red below grade.  The requirements for the rail are a 50 to 100 foot wide swatch of land, with 8 foot chain link fences on either side to prevent animals and humans from cross the tracks. Furthermore due to the limited amout of space at the intersection of I-5 and Hwy-52, the rail corridor would need to take land from Marian Bear Open Space park or the interstate.  We opposed any taking of public park land for any reason.

The Friends of Rose Creek is actively working to enhance connectivity between the communities in the Rose Creek Watershed and the fence would limit access.  While current plans exclude a station stop in Kearny Mesa, routing the rail along the 163 corridor would allow for a future mixed use transit center in one of San Diego’s employment hubs.

The CAHSR Authority is holding a series of public meetings in San Diego to discuss the alignments and to give community members a chance to ask questions.  We strongly encourage everyone to attend one or more of the meetings.  Here is the information I received from the CAHSR.

The California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has released
the Preliminary Alternatives Analysis Report for the Los Angeles to San Diego via the Inland Empire Section. The (PAA) report recommends that these potential rail corridor alternatives and station options be carried forward for further evaluation.  For complete documentation of the PAA Report, please click here.

Please plan on attending any Open House Meeting in your area.

MONDAY, JUNE 13
4 – 7 P.M.
Escondido
California Center for the Arts
340 North Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025

TUESDAY, JUNE 14
3:30 – 6:30 P.M.
Scripps Miramar Ranch
Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
10301 Scripps Lake Dr.
San Diego, CA 92131

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15
5 – 8 P.M.
Kearny Mesa
MOCII – Auditorium
9192 Topaz Way
San Diego, CA 92123

THURSDAY, JUNE 16
4 – 7 P.M.
Old Town San Diego
Ballard Parent Center
2375 Congress St.
San Diego, CA 92110

THURSDAY, JUNE 30
4 – 7 P.M.
University Towne Center (UTC)
Westfield University Towne Center, Forum Hall
4545 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122

An online presentation will be available May 16, through June 30, 2011  for you to view online and give us your thoughts, click here.

For more information direction from the project, call the helpline @ (877) 411-7230 from San Diego or contact them via email.

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