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Bullet train gets go-ahead for EIR
San Jose
– Whether the proposed $30 billion bullet train travels through
South County on its way from the Bay Area to the Central Valley
depends now on the results of an upcoming environmental impact
report.
San Jose – Whether the proposed $30 billion bullet train travels through South County on its way from the Bay Area to the Central Valley depends now on the results of an upcoming environmental impact report.

On Wednesday, the California High Speed Rail Authority board gave its approval for an EIR studying the feasibility of a railway corridor that stretches from the Altamont Pass in the north to Pacheco Pass in the south. If the southern option is selected, it’s likely there will one day be a stop in Gilroy or Morgan Hill.

The bullet train won’t go through Henry Coe State Park, and there won’t be a station in Los Banos.

Dan Leavitt, deputy director of the CHSRA, said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget includes money for EIRs for the entire project. The process can’t begin until at least July, when a final budget is adopted and the EIR is complete.

“Though there’s a body of knowledge from our previous work, it will be like starting over,” Leavitt said of the environmental review process. “We’re going to choose the most feasible option that will minimize impacts to the environment.”

Grant applications are now being accepted

Gilroy – The Gilroy Assistance League (GALS) is requesting applications for grants for the year 2005.

Last year, GALS gave more than $10,000 to local children’s and youth causes. Grants are awarded to programs that support Gilroy youth. Send application letter requesting a specific amount of money with a short description of how it will be spent. Deadline is Feb. 22. Mail to: GALS, 7477 Eigleberry St, Gilroy, CA 95020.

Details: 842-8251.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020, or send an e-mail to [email protected]

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