Tonight: Discussion of modifications to Menlo Park rail crossing


A discussion of near-term modifications to the Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing is among the items on the agenda for the Wednesday, April 8, meeting of the Menlo Park Transportation Commission.

The commission is also expected to discuss a grade separation (such as a road or rail underpass or overpass) at the crossing.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

The agenda and associated staff reports are online.

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Posted by Mike D
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Apr 8, 2015 at 9:56 pm

The answer is quite a bit simpler and easier to implement than the options being discussed. Ravenswood should be one way heading northbound only and Oak Grove should be southbound only. Cars on Ravenswood get stuck due to left turning cars waiting for an opening and traffic lights on red.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 8, 2015 at 10:05 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

The very fact that we are discussing a 2004 Grade Separation Feasibility Study in 2015 is a disgrace.

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Posted by compass?
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 12, 2015 at 3:10 pm

@ Mike D - what is "north" and "south" in your scenario? Ravenswood should be one-way, aimed towards the hills and away from the bay, from Laurel towards the tracks and past El Camino. It is easy for traffic going that direction to see pedestrians in the crosswalk at Alma and to clear the intersection at Alma. Traffic on Ravenswood going away from El Camino towards Alma and Laurel have a very difficult time seeing traffic trying to turn onto Alma and pedestrians in the crosswalk at Alma. I think of "west" (towards the hills), but fear that this is really "south" and not the direction you propose. One-way is good, but not away from the hills on Ravenswood.

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