This document, hammered out by the two parties, establishes an "initial organizational framework" whereby the PCJPB and CHSRA become partners in the planning, design and construction of improvements to the Caltrain corridor. The CHSRA already approved it at their March 5th board meeting; approval by the Caltrain board of directors is expected at their next meeting on April 2nd.
The MOU lays out some key points of understanding:
- A new Program Director, reporting to both the Caltrain and HSR executive directors (Michael Scanlon and Carrie Pourvahidi, respectively) will coordinate and oversee the work of the staffs and engineering consultants of the two parties.
- Caltrain will continue to operate during HSR construction.
- The needs of Caltrain must be considered, including the ability to operate 8 trains per hour in each direction (as already set forth in the Caltrain 2025 plan).
- The peninsula corridor and all existing improvements belong solely to the PCJPB.
- How and to what extent will the two organizations (governing boards & staff) be integrated?
- Who will pay for what?
- Who will be liable for what?
- Who will own what, after the project is completed?