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Menlo Park: How to separate roads from rails

Planning Commission to discuss options Monday

The issue of where and how to separate roads from rails at Caltrain crossings in Menlo Park comes before the city's Planning Commission on Monday night, Sept. 11.

The commission is asked to recommend to the City Council a preferred option among these two choices:

• Build one grade separation at Ravenswood Avenue, with the roadway tunneling beneath the tracks.

• Build three grade separations – at Ravenswood, Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues – that would involve a combination of lowering the roads and raising the tracks.

With grade separations, vehicles don't stop for passing trains, thus improving traffic flow and safety at rail crossings.

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According to a staff report, during community meetings, 85 percent of about 55 attendees favored the triple-separation option.

Those who favored the Ravenswood Avenue-only option said it is a lower cost way to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety at the crossing that has the most vehicular traffic.

Preliminary cost estimates for the Ravenswood-only option are $160 million to $200 million; for the triple-crossing option, the estimates are $310 million to 390 million.

The matter will go to the Complete Streets Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 13, for its recommendation and the City Council for a decision on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The Sept. 11 Planning Commission meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

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Menlo Park: How to separate roads from rails

Planning Commission to discuss options Monday

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Uploaded: Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 3:36 pm

The issue of where and how to separate roads from rails at Caltrain crossings in Menlo Park comes before the city's Planning Commission on Monday night, Sept. 11.

The commission is asked to recommend to the City Council a preferred option among these two choices:

• Build one grade separation at Ravenswood Avenue, with the roadway tunneling beneath the tracks.

• Build three grade separations – at Ravenswood, Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues – that would involve a combination of lowering the roads and raising the tracks.

With grade separations, vehicles don't stop for passing trains, thus improving traffic flow and safety at rail crossings.

According to a staff report, during community meetings, 85 percent of about 55 attendees favored the triple-separation option.

Those who favored the Ravenswood Avenue-only option said it is a lower cost way to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety at the crossing that has the most vehicular traffic.

Preliminary cost estimates for the Ravenswood-only option are $160 million to $200 million; for the triple-crossing option, the estimates are $310 million to 390 million.

The matter will go to the Complete Streets Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 13, for its recommendation and the City Council for a decision on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The Sept. 11 Planning Commission meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

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Comments

Terry
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 8, 2017 at 8:43 am
Terry, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 8, 2017 at 8:43 am
17 people like this

Glad to see progress on this front. Glad too that the city is conducting good outreach and eliciting public input. I would expect that the CA High Speed Rail would have their own design criteria yet I don't see any reference to these. Do both designs conform to their requirements?


really?
Menlo Park: other
on Sep 8, 2017 at 8:50 am
really?, Menlo Park: other
on Sep 8, 2017 at 8:50 am
4 people like this

Build The Wall! With that massive railway berm we're going to be just like San Bruno. How delightful.


relentlesscactus
another community
on Sep 8, 2017 at 9:19 am
relentlesscactus, another community
on Sep 8, 2017 at 9:19 am
14 people like this

Do it, do it all. You'll beat Palo Alto by a century after they tie an electric cord around their ankles and jump into a pool.


Yes Really
Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm
Yes Really, Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm
11 people like this

The rendering looks more like San Carlos and Belmont then San Bruno....

Design it however you like, just do it!

Like the big sidewalks on each side.


Aaron
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm
Aaron, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm
8 people like this

Would be good to expand the review to include a grade separation at Encinal Avenue...there are school children and parents driving kids to/from school down Encinal Ave, and it would improve safety for our kids by putting a grade separation there as well (though it's in Atherton, so maybe that's the issue). We need a more comprehensive plan for grade separation up and down the Caltrain corridor.


Ricki
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 8, 2017 at 7:29 pm
Ricki, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 8, 2017 at 7:29 pm
3 people like this

Nice. Make it happen.


Reality Check
another community
on Sep 9, 2017 at 2:21 am
Reality Check, another community
on Sep 9, 2017 at 2:21 am
Like this comment

@Aaron, you are mistaken. Encinal between El Camino and Laurel is wholly in Menlo Park.


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