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Menlo Park Staff & Council Cater to HSR

Original post made by Don Barnby, Menlo Park: other, on Jan 19, 2014

Last Tuesday, January 15th, the Menlo Park City Council was scheduled to vote, at the behest of staff, to abandon the city’s two-track limit for the CalTrain right-of-way, in order to allow staff to apply to the San Mateo Transit Authority for a $750,000 grant to study grade separations. At the Council Meeting, staff announced that the TA had now dropped their requirement that Menlo Park change their two-track policy as a condition for applying for the grant so long as they included a three-track option in such study. They went on to tell Council that studying a three-track option is was what they are going to do.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Jan 20, 2014 at 10:56 am

>Menlo Park's birthright of a peaceful bucolic community

With that kind of attitude, I say make it four tracks.

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Posted by Tunbridge Wells
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 22, 2014 at 8:29 am

Tunbridge Wells is a registered user.

"it's interesting that last Tuesday's scheduled vote to set aside the two-track policy was not advertised widely in advance."

This is nonsense. The vote was noticed in the agenda that was made public at the right time. Council agendas are often packed with lots of different issues. Items relating to the Caltrain tracks or HSR don't require extra advanced notice as compared with other issues. If you think that Council agendas should be posted with more lead time, say that, but don't imply that staff has some nefarious plans because you believe the vote wasn't as widely publicized as you would have liked.

I think that Menlo Park's two-track policy is short-sighted and dumb, and that Council is pandering to a bunch of aging baby boomers who are still in love with their cars. Fifteen, twenty years from now residents will be wondering how Council could have been so stupid to let the fearmongering about HSR delay yet again fixing an extremely dangerous grade crossing.

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Posted by J Meeks
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 22, 2014 at 9:39 am

Raise the tracks, it works on other parts of the Peninsula.

Build the damn thing - git 'er done!

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