The California High Speed Rail Authority doesn't want
an Altamont Pass alignment, despite the fact that the alternative
goes through unpopulated open space in the Diablo Range.
The California Environmental Quality Act requires that routes
be considered with an eye toward concentrating impacts in the
existing most heavily traveled corridors. Altamont has an estimated
81,000 average daily trips, making it a better candidate than
Pacheco for this and a variety of other reasons. . . . the route
would save an estimated $2 billion compared to the Pacheco Pass,
and would actually follow the Bay Area's most congested traffic
route instead of putting the tracks where there are more deer
than people. . . .Altamont also has faster running times between
San Francisco and Los Angeles and provides years earlier access
for East Bay and Central Valley residents. Some Sacramento officials
and the San Joaquin Council of Governments have opposed the current
high-speed rail plan because of doubts that extensions serving
their areas will ever be built.
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