evaluates the engineering feasibility of replacing the existing
grade crossings of the Caltrain tracks by building grade
separations of the roadways from the tracks at Ravenswood,
Oak Grove, Glenwood and Encinal Avenues.
10, 2001, the City Council authorized application for a
San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMTA) grant to
conduct the subject feasibility study. Following (TA) authorization
of $188,000 for the study, on July 16, 2002, the City Council
awarded a study contract to BKF Engineers of Redwood City.
Findings of the study were presented in a general public
session on September 10, 2002, to a joint meeting of the
City Planning and Transportation Commissions on April 9,
2003 and at a City Council Work Session on June 10, 2003.
On September 9, 2003, the Council affirmed the concept of
split-level grade separations, with tracks partially elevated
and roadways partially depressed, as the preferred design.
The Council also requested that an alternative of deep undercrossings
at Ravenswood and Oak Grove Avenues only be kept under consideration.
On October 19, 2004, City Council recommended meeting with
neighboring cities and other community members to find alternative
solutions and to discuss any concerns pertaining to this
has funding available to complete another study of grade
separation along the Peninsula corridor, including Burlingame
and Redwood City to Menlo Park. The study will include a
dedicated section for Menlo Park that includes coordination
with adjacent communities. In order for Caltrain to continue
its study in Menlo Park, several key assumptions are necessary.
These assumptions can affect the impact to areas influenced
by the rail line and grade separation. The two main assumptions
that need to be confirmed for this study are the number
of future tracks and the station configuration.
needs to finalize whether a four-track or a two-track
section will be incorporated and station platform configuration.
will evaluate train service operations to determine assumptions
necessary for the grade separation study.
will then bring the scope of work for the study to the
Council for consideration and to direct staff and provide
input to Caltrain regarding the scope of the study.