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Tonight in Menlo Park: Feedback sought on county transportation projects

City will hold a meeting Oct. 4 on grade separations

Sick of sitting in traffic and have ideas about how to fix it? There are two meetings – on Thursday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 4 – in Menlo Park you can attend to give feedback.

Tonight (Sept. 29) San Mateo County will host a workshop on its plans to lay out its goals for transportation development between now and 2040.

Next Tuesday (Oct. 4), the city will look for feedback on the latest phase of its study on the feasibility of separating Ravenswood Avenue from the Caltrain tracks in Menlo Park.

County transportation plan

The Sept. 29 meeting is a public workshop about San Mateo County's goals and objectives in shaping transportation infrastructure between now and 2040. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cypress Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at the Menlo Park Civic Center (701 Laurel St.).

People are invited to ask questions and comment on the draft of the plan before it is finalized, likely around late 2016 or early 2017, according to the event web page.

Read the draft of the plan here.

Ravenswood grade separation

The Oct. 4 event is a community meeting to discuss separating Ravenswood Avenue from the Caltrain tracks. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Menlo Church Social Hall, 700-B Chestnut Lane in downtown Menlo Park.

The city of Menlo Park has consultants working on a study to see if such a grade-separation project could be feasible, and to look at options, including grade separations at the other three Caltrain intersections in the city: at Oak Grove, Glenwood and Encinal avenues.

The event will be the second of three such meetings to gather community input as the study moves forward. According to Angela Obeso, associate transportation engineer, the meeting will have exhibits that illustrate the project and the options. By the end of the study, the goal is for the City Council to decide whether and where grade separations should be built, she said.

Go to menlopark.org/Ravenswood for more information.

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