2 groups have formed to represent several cities, the breakdown follows:
Peninsula Cities Coalition, PCC
- Palo Alto
- Menlo Park
- San Mateo
- Redwood City
- South San Francisco
For now the concerns seem to focus on litigation and effectiveness. The groups want to work on a regional plan and to find common ground. OK, so why are there two groups again? I hope they can collaborate, but this “two party” beginning seems fractured at the outset. Looks like politics, smells like politics with a little NIMBY thrown in for spice!
San Mateo, Burlingame, Millbrae, Redwood City and South San Francisco have already banded together to form the San Mateo County Rail Corridor Partnership. Officials in Belmont and the county supervisors have also expressed interest, while other cities are set to discuss joining the effort.
The officials behind the idea think the county’s 12 cities along the Caltrain line can relay their concerns about California high-speed rail to the state and federal governments more easily as a unified group. The problem is that many of the cities — even the ones that have joined — don’t necessarily agree on many aspects of the massive project, which could run along the Caltrain line later this decade.