Menlo Park: Ballast rock update expected by Friday


After holding a meeting with an estimated 45 Belle Haven residents concerned about the dusty piles of ballast rock stored near the Chilco Street railroad tracks, Caltrain said it would provide an update and possible solutions by Friday, April 3, according to the city of Menlo Park.

The Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center facilitated the March 23 community meeting. Caltrain representatives told residents that it would take about two years to move the rocks to an industrial site in Redwood City.

Caltrain started storing ballast, or railroad rock, in piles next to the tracks and near Chilco Street in Menlo Park in 2008. The rock provides a bed for railroad tracks. But left sitting in piles, it sends dust into the air that may be a health hazard, according to the residents who live nearby.

According to a meeting summary provided by the city, there are several options to explore in an attempt to minimize the dust: continuing to water the piles; covering the piles; and planting trees around the site to provide a barrier.

Residents said that watering doesn't happen often enough to control the dust, and when it does happen, the puddles attract mosquitoes. They asked for greater transparency during upcoming discussions between the city and Caltrain, as well as a direct line of communication to the rail agency.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:09 am

Two years to move some piles of rocks!

God created the whole planet in six days.

Since CalTrain considers itself to be the god of local commuting six days should be plenty of time to remove some rocks. Though they may want to start the project by removing the ones in their heads

2 people like this
Posted by Jason L. Tulock
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Residents you have not seen anything yet. Wait until they start to construct the high speed rail viaducts. Have no doubt the plan remains to build those viaducts as it is the only way the high speed authority can meet its requirement to make a profit on operations. The blended plan is a ruse and you should not trust Caltrain or high speed authority. You will beg for the days of dust from a pile of rocks.

Jason L. Tulock, Vacaville

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