Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing project

This project evaluates the engineering feasibility of replacing the existing at-grade crossings of the Caltrain tracks by building grade separations of the roadways from the tracks at Ravenswood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue, Glenwood Avenue and Encinal Avenue, with priority on Ravenswood Avenue.

Project background


Read about the project history, including past meetings, presentations and reports.
Menlo Park Caltrain

Current status


A consultant team with City staff has been evaluating two alternatives as directed by City Council, (1) an underpass at Ravenswood Avenue and (2) a hybrid option that would grade separate Ravenswood, Oak Grove and Glenwood Avenues. A number of public meetings have been held and materials from each can be seen in the project history or below. 

On May 8, 2018, City Council approved the following motion:
  • Move forward with Alternative A which provides for an underpass crossing at Ravenswood Avenue and keeps Oak Grove, Glenwood and Encinal Avenues open to all modes of traffic as existing
  • Appropriate $31,000 from the undesignated fund balance to complete the project
  • Authorize the City Manager to amend the agreement with AECOM 
Additionally, City Council provided general direction to staff to bring back the following additional items at a future meeting:
  • Letters to Palo Alto, Atherton, Redwood City, Mountain View and Sunnyvale to request consideration of a multi-city trench or tunnel
  • Letter to Caltrain to request a bicycle/pedestrian path adjacent to the rail within Caltrain right-of-way
  • Additional scope of work and appropriation request to prepare (1) a financial assessment of a trench/tunnel; (2) a conceptual design, noise, tree, and visual impact assessment of a fully elevated alternative
Currently, proposals for the future Caltrain-high speed rail blended system are limited to two- or three-tracks within Menlo Park. The City Council's current position is to support only a two-track alignment through Menlo Park. The full position is outlined in the City's rail policy, as can be found on the rail project information page. This study will consider the work being performed for California high speed rail and Caltrain modernization projects, but is independent of these efforts.
 


Recent or upcoming meetings


Date Topic Location
May 8, 2018 City Council
City Council Chambers
April 17, 2018 City Council Rail Subcommittee Public Meeting
City Council Chambers
Dec. 5,   2017
 Atherton City Council
Atherton Chambers
94 Ashfield Rd.
Atherton, CA 94027

Nov. 8,   2017  Palo Alto Rail Committee
Palo Alto City Hall
250 Hamilton Ave. 
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Oct. 10, 2017
City Council
City Council Chambers
Community meeting #1
(Presentation without videos 2.5 mb
Community meeting #1
(Presentation without videos 2.5 mb