Peninsula Cities Lose Initial CEQA Lawsuit Against High Speed Rail Authority

by Irvin Dawid : planetizen.com – excerpt

It was the first of many lawsuits to hit the HSRA. Menlo Park and Atherton, joined later by Palo Alto – three adjoining cities on the San Mateo County/Santa Clara County border, among the wealthiest in the nation, sued in 2008 to reroute the train.
The three mid-Peninsula cities wanted the high speed train to enter the Bay Area via the Altamont Pass from the East Bay rather than the Pacheco Pass which would have it use the Caltrain corridor that bisects the three cities. Mike Rosenberg, who has covered their many lawsuits as well as those originating in the Central Valley, writes that the cities sued under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and were successful in getting the Authority to “decertify the massive environmental study” that resulted in making some changes along the route – but not the abandonment of the route, which was their intention… (more)
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