The Caltrain electrification saga took another turn per this Daily Journal piece
Caltrain is a step closer to becoming electrified after releasing a draft of its environmental impact report Friday that indicates it could need to acquire up to 1.5 acres outside of its right-of-way for substations and 18 acres for an electrical buffer zone along 51 miles of its tracks.
The public will have until April 29 to submit written comments and attend meetings before the draft EIR is voted on by the Joint Powers Board in the fall, according to Caltrain officials.
Deeper in the story comes the bad news including:
There are 19,000 trees in the Caltrain right-of-way and it may need to remove or prune up to 5,800 of them, according to the draft. “When we get to trees, it’s going to be a hard discussion to have with folks,” Lee said.
especially the 239 trees in B'game, and
it’s going to pave the way for high-speed rail to operate on this corridor once they have completed their EIR process.
That is totally dependent on High-cost rail getting another dime of dough from anywhere which is suspect. Better to start looking for independent electro-funding now. I hope the two new palm trees are not on the list of 239.