High-speed rail open houses set for Merced May 25 and Los Banos June 13

The California High-Speed Train project said it will hold open houses for residents to learn more about the next steps in the environmental review of the San Jose-to-Merced section of the proposed project.

One open house will be held Wednesday, May 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th Street. Another will be held Monday, June 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Los Banos Community Center, 645 7th Street.

Each meeting will be held in an open house format, and the information provided will be the same at all meeting locations.

To make a request for special accommodations, please email san.jose_merced@hsr.ca.gov or call 1-800-881-5799 at least 72 hours in advance.The California High-Speed Rail Authority has received numerous comments regarding the alignments proposed in the Preliminary Alternatives Analysis Report (released in June 2010). In response to public feedback, the San Jose-to-Merced section project team has prepared a Supplemental Alternatives Analysis Report which identifies additional alternatives and some refinements of the proposed alignments in the Morgan Hill-Gilroy, Pacheco Pass and San Joaquin Valley Crossing subsections, the rail authority said in a news release.

Updates to the San Jose Station Approach and Monterey Highway subsections will be presented at a future meeting. At the open house, you can view the alignments that will be evaluated in the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement.

The proposed 800-mile high-speed train system will provide Californians with a fast, safe, reliable and environmentally friendly transportation alternative, linking all major cities in the state, according to the news release.

For more information, please call the project team at 1-800-881-5799 or visit www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov.