The California High-Speed Rail Authority has announced the staff recommendations for the State’s Preferred Alternatives for the high-speed rail routes in Northern California and will soon begin a comprehensive outreach campaign through the summer to gather feedback from the public on the staff recommendations for the Authority Board of Directors to consider in making their decisions in September. Major outreach events will include several community working group meetings in July, and six public open houses in August. Input received from the public regarding these routes will be presented to the Authority’s Board of Directors in September for consideration along with the staff recommendations.
High-Speed Rail will be holding a public meeting in Gilroy on Thursday, August 8 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with the presentation starting at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be located at IFDES Lodge-Portuguese Hall at 250 Old Gilroy Street. All community members are welcome to attend.
In the San Jose to Merced project section, Authority staff recommends Alternative 4 as the State’s Preferred Alternative. Alternative 4 utilizes a blended configuration between San Jose and Gilroy in the existing Union Pacific Railroad corridor before continuing to a dedicated high-speed rail alignment through Pacheco Pass.