Today’s Headlines

  • Palo Alto City Council Committee Rejects High-Speed Rail Stop (Mercury News)
  • DesertXPress Would Be First HSR Service in U.S. from Victorville to Las Vegas (Las Vegas Sun)
  • Muni Metro Service Delayed By Gas Leak, Crash Involving SFPD (SF Appeal, SF Gate)
  • SFMTA Board to Get Update on Service Disruptions at Its November 2nd Meeting (SF Examiner)
  • Ray LaHood Hands Atlanta a $48 Million Check for Streetcar Line (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Hundreds Rally to Support Prospect Park Bike Lane in NY (Streetsblog NY and More Coverage Here)
  • BIKE NOPA Gives Kudos to the PUC/Contractor for Keeping the Bike Lane Open on Polk Street
  • Napa to Hold a Public Workshop Saturday on Its Countywide Bike Plan (Napa Valley Register)
  • In Albuquerque, “Angry Man” Runs Over Bicyclist Who Amazingly Received Only Minor Injuries (KOAT)
  • Oakland Tribune Features WOBO and Its Mission to Create More Livable Streets in Oakland
  • Vancouver Chosen to Host 2012 Velo-city Global Conference (Momentum via Bike Portland)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • CACuzcatlan

    I get the feeling Palo Alto will be like Beverly Hills back in the day, saying they don’t want transit cuz of all the undesirables it’ll bring. Then years later, they’ll realize how bad traffic has gotten and will ask to be included in future transit projects.

  • I also think Palo Alto forgets they have this big huge university there. A mid-peninsula stop “doesn’t make transit sense”? Um, yes it does and it makes the most sense in Palo Alto.

  • The Westbound bike line on Ocean between Alemany and San Jose was striped yesterday afternoon – between this and the Ocean Ave. entrance at Balboa Park BART we’ll have a much more convenient connection for the Excelsior! The MTA also did a great job allowing an adequate door zone buffer on this new lane

  • I work in Palo Alto, and I have to say, I’m fine with letting Palo Alto do this to itself. Redwood City wants the stop.

    @Mike, the university isn’t that big. If it were Cal, I would say, yeah, the university really helps make the difference. But Stanford is so suburban and disconnected from PA and the train station, not to mention the degree to which they provide and subsidize parking spaces for their employees, that I don’t see it making such a huge difference. Palo Altoans and Stanford folks will just have connect to Redwood City to use the HSR.

  • I work in RWC so I’d gladly welcome the stop here. Plus, they have a nice downtown plan to increase building heights and bring in some mix-use. My biggest complaint about RWC is that there isn’t any “downtown” housing (above stores, etc) but it looks like that will hopefully change.

    And you are right, but it is a University none the less. I see quite a few people with Stanford passes on Caltrain also, but I’m sure most do drive.

  • @Justin every Stanford employee gets a free annual Caltrain pass. Grad Students do not and they bitch about it all the time on the train. The Margarite shuttles are jammed.

    Put more succinctly…

    Palo Alto is the second most popular Caltrain Station

  • @John I’m one of the bitchers 🙂 I understand that PA is the most popular caltrain station, or 2nd most. But HSR is different right? We’re not going to ride HSR from SF to Palo Alto. The Peninsula HSR stop is going to be a long-distance, inter-city rail stop. PA will continue to be a very popular Caltrain station I’m sure.

  • Dan

    Regarding the Albuquerque story – does anyone have any idea why this isn’t being prosecuted as attempted murder?

  • @Justin – frankly, to that end, there should be NO mid-peninsula stop. Take HSR rail from LA to SJ, then transfer to a PA limited. Surely even Caltrain can get the limited to meet the HSR train. While not perfect for the PA folks, this still trumps trying to get from LA to Palo Alto via SJC Airport (if you are willing to cab/shuttle/get picked up from airport, Diridon is no different).

    Honestly I haven’t really understood the mid-peninsula stop idea. TGV blasts past some pretty decent sized towns on its way to further flung destinations. With electrified rail, and reasonably timed transfers, you might lose 10 minutes getting to PA, but save 5 for the larger population of SF bound travelers.

    And if they do it, all those towns are relatively equal. A HSR stop functions more like an airport. So (eek) the overriding concern is probably “parking lot size”.

  • Too lazy to look up the Google article on here, but found the video that won their hearts and minds down there in Google land. What a stupid concept.

  • SteveS –

    That’s great news, and the reason I am excited about it (and others should be) is when I was commuting from downtown to SF State, taking BART to Balboa Park and biking from there, the uphill bridge with only a single lane shared with traffic coming on/off the freeway, bounded by parking & a separated rail lane was very stressful. Now there will be a safer place for students and residents looking for a decent way to ride from Balboa Park westward. The coming bike-ped bridge is needed there as well.

  • Im glad Palo Alto says no, faster trips for the rest of us.

    Maybe in 15 years when they start crying that their city was bypassed theyll try to add a station to the line