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Town of Atherton
ATHERTON RAIL COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, February 4, 2020
150 WATKINS AVENUE
1. ROLL CALL
Committee Members: Alex Keh (Chair), Scott Lane (Vice Chair), Malcolm Dudley, Jack Ringham, Greg Conlon,
Paul Jones, Nerissa Dexter, Jim Janz, John Maulbetsch
Councilmember Liaisons: Council Member Cary Wiest, Council Member Michael Lempres (Alternate)
Staff: Robert Ovadia
2. PUBLIC COMMENTS – For items not on the agenda.
(This portion of the meeting is reserved for persons wishing to address the Committee on any matter not
on the agenda that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Rail Committee. State law prohibits the
Committee from acting on items not listed on the Agenda.)
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – October 1, 2019
Recommendation: Approve minutes for October 1, 2019.
4. PRESENTATIONS – None
5. REGULAR AGENDA
5a. Caltrain Station Closure Proposal (30 min)
The Committee will receive a brief report on the proposal received from Caltrain to close the Atherton
Caltrain Station and direction received from Council regarding the proposal. The Committee will
have the opportunity to discuss this item. Not an action item.
Reference Document: January 15, 2020, Council Report – Discussion and Feedback Regarding the Caltrain
Proposal to Permanently Close the Atherton Station
5b. Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project Update and Discussion (5 min.)
The Committee will receive a brief report on current activities related to Caltrain's electrification of the
peninsula corridor. The Committee will have the opportunity to discuss current and upcoming activities
as well as related items. Not an action item.
5c. High-Speed Rail Update (20 min.)
The Committee will receive an update on the High-Speed Rail Project including procurement status and
anticipated timing of future document releases including Draft 2020 Business Plan and environmental
documents associated with the Northern segment. Due to the timing of the public comment periods,
the Committee may discuss how comments are to be submitted by committee members and designate
a committee member to aggregate comments and work with staff to draft a response letter for consideration
by Council. The Committee also may act to authorize a recommendation to Council to formally send the
aggregated response letter to the High-Speed Rail Authority.
Reference Document: January 23,2020, HSR Northern California Region LPMG Presentation
5d. Dumbarton Rail Corridor (5 min.)
The Committee will receive a brief report on the current status of the Dumbarton Rail Corridor. The Committee
will have the opportunity to discuss the Dumbarton Rail Corridor, current and upcoming activities as related
items. Not an action item.
5e. Format of Committee Meeting Minutes (10 min.)
The Committee will discuss the current format of meeting minutes and provide recommendations regarding
potential changes for consideration by staff.
6. COMMITTEE AND STAFF MEMBER COMMENTS
7. PUBLIC COMMENT
8. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
9. NEXT MEETING – April 7, 2020
Next meeting is scheduled for: April 7, 2020
Please contact the City Clerk’s office at (650) 752-0500 with any questions. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 752-0500. Notification of 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Town to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. (29 CRF 35.104 ADA Title II)