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Dumbarton Rail - A project looking for a reason?
I have been attending meetings on the Dumbarton Rail since late 2006. The project itself has been on the books since the early 1990's. A small number of rail aficionados have been promoting the project as a fix all for getting east bay and central valley employees to their workplaces in the more expensive peninsula communities. As a taxpayer I have held an abiding concern about the use of monies (Now upwards of $800M) to fund the Dumbarton Rail Corridor Project. Perhaps the following thoughts will generate initial comment /discussion on the DRCP as its draft EIS/EIR finally comes to the public for comment. Reviewing the Whitepaper provided on the webpage should be helpful in placing the thoughts in perspective.
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Posted – 04/30/10 2:22pm by Mike Dubinsky, updated or replied 02/20/12 10:26am

Impact on Niles
Impacts on the Niles Neighborhoods
The impacts on Niles include increased train traffic, significant change in the alignment of train traffic, noise, vibration, air pollution, traffic impacts at at-grade crossings to name a few.  For example according to the Project Study Report the number of trains that use the Oakland Subdivision trackage which runs behind the Hacienda Gardens and Rancho Arroyo neighborhoods would increase from approx 6 to 250 trains / week. These would all be passenger trains. For the Niles Subdivision trackage which runs close to Mission Blvd. and across Nursery Ave. the number of trains would decrease from 92 to 61 trains / week however they would all be freight.  While not specifically in Niles the Centerville trackage through central Fremont would increase from 118 to 257 trains / week.
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Posted – 02/08/08 11:38am by Mike Dubinsky, updated or replied 01/22/10 8:35am

Impact on Fremont
City Of Fremont's Review to Date
The Staff of the City of Fremont have been following the DRCP and the Union City Intermodal Station since at least 2003.  On six occasions they have written letters commenting on environmental concerns and direct impacts they see occurring based on the plans that have been proposed.  They have taken positions in opposition to elements of the plan which were not in conformance with Fremont's General plan and have successfully lobbied for elimination of certain aspects which adversely impact Fremont Residents or for mitigations to minimize adverse impacts on residents.  The six letters are published as Background Materials on this page. Fremont continues to monitor the evolution of the DRCP.
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Posted – 02/08/08 11:26am by Mike Dubinsky, updated or replied 02/08/08 3:28pm

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