According to a notice from the California High Speed Rail Authority: “The San Jose to Merced High-Speed Train Section Project Team is holding a fourth round of community workshops to continue the examination of the project and its development through South Santa Clara County. In the first round of workshops in January 2011, the community reviewed and provided feedback on the development of the alignment alternatives, station options and potential changes to the roadway network being evaluated in the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/EIS). In March, the team presented the methodology for evaluating sound and visual impacts in the EIR/EIS and possible ways to reduce these impacts. In June, the workshops explored high-speed train station design and function and how traffic and circulation impacts will be evaluated in the EIR/EIS.
The fourth round of workshops will provide an update on the station design and focus on the integration of the station design into the broader station area planning, including ways to incorporate parking and future development. The team will also describe the methodology used to determine construction-related activities and impacts as evaluated in the EIR/EIS. The alignments under evaluation for the entire southern part of the county including the Gilroy and Morgan Hill areas will be available for viewing.
Thursday, September 29
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center
Hiram Morgan Hill Room
17000 Monterey Road
Tuesday, October 11
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Gilroy Senior Center
7371 Hanna Street
The meeting will begin with a 30-minute interactive open house staffed by project team members. Project team leaders will then host a presentation on the integration of the HST station into the station area planning and construction activities, followed by a moderated question and answer session and resumption of the open house.
For special accommodations, please contact the San Jose-to-Merced team at least 72 hours in advance.
To stay informed of future workshops, please sign up for our project e-mail updates, check the Authority website or check your local community newspaper for future workshop dates. Sign up for e-mail updates here: http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/Recieve_Email_Updates.aspx”
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