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Redwood City Chamber of Commerce Seeks Support

The Board of Directors are asking for businesses to send letters in support of the Chamber's position for a "blended system" of rail service on the Peninsula.

 

The Chamber Board of Directors, at its meeting Wednesday, supported the approval of the new Memorandum of Understanding with the California High Speed Rail Authority and Caltrain regarding the principles and planning process for a "blended system" of rail service on the Peninsula.

We are asking our members, if you so choose, to e-mail the following letters on your company letterhead to show your support of the Chamber's position.

The letters should be e-mailed as soon as possible to make an impact at the High Speed Rail meeting on Tuesday, March 6 and the Caltrain meeting on March 7.

February 27, 2013                       
DELIVERED BY EMAIL

Ken Yeager, Chairman
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)
1250 San Carlos Ave.
P.O. Box 3006
San Carlos CA 94070-1306

Re:  Support for MOU with CHSRA

Dear Chairman Yeager and Members of the Board of Directors:

 [COMPANY NAME] urges you to approve the new Memorandum of Understanding with the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) regarding the principles and planning process for a “blended system” of rail service on the Peninsula.  [ADD INFORMATION ABOUT COMPANY – location, number of employees, etc.].  [COMPANY NAME] is a member of the Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, which has been actively involved in the planning process for high speed rail for many years and has consistently spoken up for the benefits of the statewide HSR system and of electrification of the Caltrain corridor.

The new MOU between Caltrain and the CHSRA can move both projects forward by providing funding and clear principles for implementation. The MOU also addresses key concerns expressed by Peninsula communities about the blended system, including assurances that it will be primarily two tracks substantially within the current JPB right-of-way. It is also important to us that the MOU expresses respect for the interests of local stakeholders, and that Caltrain will mutually agree with CHSRA on final project design and construction plans for the blended system.

[COMPANY NAME] supports our Chamber’s advocacy for modernized Caltrain service by 2019 and a statewide high speed rail system that connects to the Peninsula by 2029. Approval of the proposed MOU is a major step toward keeping both projects on track and bringing substantial benefits to our employees, the region, and the state of California.

Sincerely,                        cc:    Senator Jerry Hill
                                Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
                                Adrienne Tissier (MTC)
                                Alicia Aguirre (MTC)
                                Mike Scanlon
                                Marian Lee
                           
[NAME]
[TITLE]


COMPANY LETTERHEAD

 

DELIVERED BY EMAIL

February 27, 2013                       

Dan Richard
Board Chairman
California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA)
925 L Street, Suite 1425
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re:  Support for MOU with Caltrain

Dear Chairman Richard and Members of the Board of Directors:

[COMPANY NAME] urges you to approve the new Memorandum of Understanding with Caltrain regarding the principles and planning process for a “blended system” of rail service on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula.  [ADD INFORMATION ABOUT COMPANY – location, number of employees, etc.].  [COMPANY NAME] is a member of the Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, which has been actively involved in the planning process for high speed rail for many years and has consistently spoken up for the benefits of the statewide HSR system and of electrification of the Caltrain corridor.

The new MOU between the CHSRA and Caltrain can move both projects forward by providing funding and clear principles for implementation. The MOU also addresses key concerns expressed by Peninsula communities about the blended system, including assurances that it will be primarily two tracks substantially within the current JPB right-of-way. It is also important to us that the MOU expresses respect for the interests of local stakeholders, and that Caltrain will mutually agree with CHSRA on final project design and construction plans for the blended system.

[COMPANY NAME] supports our Chamber’s advocacy for modernized Caltrain service by 2019 and a statewide high speed rail system that connects to the Peninsula by 2029. Approval of the proposed MOU is a major step toward keeping both projects on track and bringing substantial benefits to our employees, the region, and the state of California.

Sincerely,                        cc:  Senator Jerry Hill
                                Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
                                Adrienne Tissier (MTC)
                                Alicia Aguirre (MTC)
[NAME]                            Mike Scanlon (Caltrain)
[TITLE]                            Marian Lee (Caltrain)




COMPANY LETTERHEAD

 

Letter on MOU to CHSRA:

Letter on MOU to Caltrain:

Sarah Adams March 01, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Thanks for the info, I'd love to see high speed rail right here as soon as possible!

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