Proposal to shorten I-280 in SF for high speed rail

May 20, 2011 6:30:46 AM PDT
Bringing high speed rail service to the Bay Area could spell the end for a heavily used portion of a San Francisco freeway.

Planners say the northernmost part of Interstate 280 could be demolished as part of the project. It would remove the last couple thousand feet of the freeway coming in to San Francisco.

Officials are concerned there isn't enough room between the pilings that support I-280 for Caltrain tracks and high speed rail tracks. The freeway would end closer to 22nd Street in Potrero Hill.

This has happened before in San Francisco; Octavia and Embarcadero are now boulevards instead of freeways.

The San Francisco Examiner obtained documents that detail the proposal.