News - September 16, 2009

New work on rail crossings in Atherton

Overnight work on two railroad crossings in Atherton is set to begin on Monday, Sept. 28, Caltrain announced.

The grade crossings at Watkins Avenue and Fair Oaks Lane are slated for several improvements, including clearly marked pedestrian crossings with fencing, gates and sidewalks, said spokeswoman Ellen Glover in a press release. The work is scheduled for Sunday through Thursdays for four weeks, between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The streets will remain open during construction, with flaggers directing traffic, Ms. Glover said. Neighbors may hear noise from construction equipment and notice light from two portable light towers powered by diesel generators.

The project is part of a larger program to improve at-grade crossings in San Mateo County, said Ms. Glover.

Information about the project is online at


Posted by Ben Halpren, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:57 am

All this work on the grade crossings seems nice but it doesn't correct the problem, ie the grade crossings. All the improvements do nothing to increase safety, prevent suicides, car-train accidents, noise, traffic disruption and pollution. The only way to solve these problems is to eliminate grade crossings as soon as possible and electrify the line. These improvements are a sop to the reactionary elements of the obstructionist of the mid-peninsula who equate the bucolic and atavistic passing of the trains at grade level as somehow beneficial to our way of life. As far as Atherton is concerned, we should demand grade seperation at the two crossings in our community and that our town council stop obstructing progress toward that end.

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