No new arguments were raised before the Madera City Council voted in favor of a resolution opposing the California High-Speed Rail “as it is currently proposed, without regard to local impacts, positive or negative.”
The resolution, written by Community Development Director David Merchen, came after the urging of the Greater Madera County Industrial Association to come out strongly against the present rail plan. The association, which provided a resolution it said should be adopted, pointed out many perceived disadvantages to the plan, especially in Madera County, where it will have more trackage but no station, nor any promise of one, nor promise of a heavy-maintenance facility. That maintenance facility would be a place where trains would be assembled and repaired.
The council’s resolution, in effect, implied that if Madera County impacts were discussed and mitigated, another look might be taken at the project by the city.
The resolution also said the city would support the consideration of alternatives to the high-speed rail project “that would include making speed and capacity improvements to existing passenger train facilities throughout the state. Such alternatives could take advantage of existing rights of way, minimize disruptions to communities and agricultural properties, increase connectivity and minimize costs.” ...