Redwood City will sue HSR if it has toBy Bonnie Eslinger
Redwood City's mayor suggested Monday a lawsuit was possible if the state's high-speed rail authority didn't improve communications with the city.
Officials for Redwood City, one of the few Peninsula cities open to high-speed rail, expressed frustration at a meeting Monday night that they were not getting satisfactory answers from California High-Speed Rail Authority representatives.
Redwood City is being considered as a possible host city for a mid-Peninsula stop for the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles bullet train. City officials have said they are willing to consider the station if the tracks are below ground level.
However, council members at Monday night's meeting said their patience was being tested.
Mayor Jeff Ira said the state agency was not addressing the city's concerns or answering its questions.
"If we do have to do a lawsuit, we will do a lawsuit," he said. "But we're certainly not willing to jump on that bandwagon yet."
After the meeting, Council Member Rosanne Foust said the state agency has done a "very poor job of communicating with the cities."
"What are the economics of the station? What would the city have to pay? What would all of that mean?" she said. "We don't have any answers."
Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton have joined in a lawsuit against the high-speed rail project. Additionally, elected officials from Palo Alto and Mountain View have spoken out against a suggestion from the state agency to put a mid-Peninsula stop in their cities.
Copyright ©2010 Palo Alto Daily News. Published 12/07/2010.