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San Mateo Actions Regarding High Speed Rail

The alignment preferences advocated by the City Council are literally the result of years of planning for rail in the City of San Mateo.  Below is a summary of significant activities which have taken place to date:

06/07/1993 City Council adopts Downtown Specific Plan

1994

Parsons Brinkerhoff completes San Mateo Rail Corridor Study for area from Northern City limit to Hayward Caltrain Station.  The results of that study established a preference for a depressed alignment through Downtown San Mateo.  That preference was and remains documented in San Mateo’s General and Downtown Plan

02/18/1997 City Council adopts General Plan Update incorporating alignment preferences established in 1994 Parsons Brinkerhoff Study
1999-2005  San Mateo convenes Citizens Advisory Committee for the Rail Corridor Plan, a multi-year community planning effort
11/05/2001     Parsons Brinkerhoff completes Rail Alignment and Grade Separation Feasibility Study for area bouned by Hayward Park and Hillsdale Caltrain Stations.  Recommends Hayward Park platforms remain at grade; raising tracks between Highway 92 and Hillsdale Blvd; Relocating Hillsdale Station to between 28th adn 31st Avenues; use of aerial viaduct between 28th-31st encouraged.
06/06/2005 San Mateo Rail Corridor Transit Oriented Development Plan adopted by City Council
05/29/2007 City Council and Planning Commission Joint Session. Relationship of rail alignment to Bay Meadows project, and Hillsdale Station location and grade separations were discussed. 
08/02/2007  City Council and Planning Commission Joint Session to discuss relationship of rail alignment, Hillsdale Station location and grade separations. 
02/12/2008  City Council and Planning Commission Joint Session to review Caltrain Footprint Study for areas South of Highway 92
10/06/2008  San Mateo City Council adopts Resolution expressing support of Proposition 1A
11/04/2008  Voters of California approve the High Speed Rail Project by passing Proposition 1A 
03/02/2009 High Speed Rail Update presented at City Council Meeting 
03/24/2009  Mayor submits letter to High Speed Rail Authority regarding Environmental Scoping Process 
04/06/2009  City Council Study Session to review Caltrain Footprint Study for Downtown and North San Mateo 
05/18/2009  City Council adopts Downtown Area Plan, reconfirming preference for depressed alignment through Downtown. 
10/30/2009  Public Works Director submits letter to High Speed Rail Authority regarding comments on Preliminary Alternatives Analysis 
02/25/2010  City submits comments on the "Context Sensitive Solutions" community input process 
02/26/2010  Mayor submits letter to High Speed Rail Authority requesting that comments made in letter of 10/30/09 be incorporated into Draft Alternatives Analysis. 
03/01/2010  High Speed Rail update presented at City Council Meeting 
03/17/2010  San Mateo cunducts Community Workshop #1 to educate residents about the High Speed Rail Project 
04/15/2010  San Mateo cunducts Community Workshop #2 to educate residents about the High Speed Rail Project  
04/26/2010  Mayor submits letter to High Speed Rail Authority regarding comments on Draft Program Level EIR
05/03/2010  City Council Study Session on material contained in High Speed Rail Preliminary Alternatives Analysis
05/13/2010  San Mateo cunducts Community Workshop #3 to educate residents about the High Speed Rail Project  
05/27/2010  San Mateo retains consultant with technical expertise in environmental impacts to review analysis in the EIR/EIS and determine its adequacy 
06/16/2010  San Mateo cunducts Community Workshop #4 to educate residents about the High Speed Rail Project  
06/21/2010  City Council Study Session to review letter containing draft comments on High Speed Rail Preliminary Alternatives Analysis 
06/25/2010  Mayor submits letter to High Speed Rail Authority providing comments on Preliminary Alternatives Analysis and outlining the City's desired rail alignment 
07/31/2010  San Mateo conducts Community Workshop #5 to educate residents about the High Speed Rail Project  
08/13/2010  City Council members and staff participate in High Speed Rail bus tour with Assemblyman Jerry Hill to advocate for City interests 
08/26/2010  Public Works Director submits letter to High Speed Rail Authority regarding discrepancies in the Supplemental Alternatives Analysis
08/26/2010  Council Member Grotte submits letter to High Speed Rail Authority regarding language contained in Federal funding application 
09/07/2010  High Speed Rail Update presented at City Council Meeting 
10/11/2010  Submittal of joint letter to Congresswomen Speier and Eshoo regarding securing funding for High Speed Rail Project.  Letter signed by San Mateo, Burlingame and Millbrae. 
10/18/2010  City Council adopts General Plan Amendments 
10/22/2010  City Council members and officals from the High Speed Rail Authority conduct tour of San Mateo rail segements  
10/28/2010  San Mateo cunducts Community Workshop #6 to educate residents about the High Speed Rail Project  
02/14/2011  Joint letter signed by Mayors of San Mateo, Millbrae, Burlingame, and Redwood City submitted to High Speed Rail Authority regarding local agency requests
02/22/2011 High Speed Rail Update presented at City Council meeting 
04/18/2011  High Speed Rail Update presented at City Council meeting 
04/18/2011  City Council adopts Hillsdale Station Area Plan
05/16/2011  High Speed Rail Update presented at City Council meeting 
06/20/2011  High Speed Rail Update presented at City Council meeting 
02/21/2012   Mayor issues letter to HSRA commenting on Partial Revised Program EIR

 

In addition to the significant actions listed above, City staff and City Council Members have and will continue to attend and participate in:

  • Monthly meetings of the High Speed Rail Authority;
  • Meetings of the High Speed Rail Technical Working Group;
  • Meetings of the High Speed Rail Policy Working Group;
  • Meetings of the San Mateo County Rail Corridor Partnership group.


In addition, City staff will continue to meet regularly with:

 

  • Neighboring cities to discuss and plan our shared interests;
  • Homeowners Associations and neighborhood groups;
  • And continue to schedule community workshops as new information is available to inform residents.

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