Caltrain bike/pedestrian undercrossing study

The purpose of this project is to significantly improve the safety for access of pedestrians and bicyclists across the Caltrain tracks between Ravenswood Avenue and San Francisquito Creek. This project will examine several potential locations where a tunnel could be constructed in the future. The final plan line for the project will be coordinated with the El Camino Real / Downtown Specific Plan and the potential High Speed Rail Alignment / Location.

This project is included in the city's General Plan and was approved as a City Council Project Priority for fiscal year 2007-2008.

Past activities


Date Activity
May 27, 2009
City staff met with representatives of the potentially impacted property owners Office of Stanford Real Estate and Menlo Station Development to discuss future needs.
April 13, 2009
City staff had a follow up meeting with the Bicycle Commission to discuss potential crossing routes. The commission passed a motion recommending that a plan line be established with a direct connection between Middle Avenue and Burgess Park.
Meeting Minutes
March 11, 2009
City staff provided a project update to the Transportation Commission and presented two conceptual alternatives for the undercrossing. The alternatives were prepared by Alta Planning and Design.
Conceptual Alternative 1 | Conceptual Alternative 2

The Transportation Commission passed a motion to recommend to City Council that a plan line be established at Middle Avenue that would connect to Burgess Drive.
Meeting Minutes
March 9, 2009
City staff provided a project update to the Bicycle Commission and presented two conceptual alternatives for the undercrossing. The alternatives were prepared by Alta Planning and Design.
Conceptual Alternative 1 | Conceptual Alternative 2

The Bicycle Commission passed a motion to have a follow-up discussion with additional city staff.
Meeting Minutes
March 5, 2009
City staff and Alta Planning and Design (consultant) held a community meeting to give a project update and discuss the conceptual design alternatives with the intent of developing a consensus on the preferred conceptual design option.
September 10, 2008
The preferred location, as indicated by the general consensus of those in attendance of the previous public meetings, was presented to the Transportation Commission. The commission voted to accept the location as presented by staff, namely the Middle Avenue to Burgess Park alignment, for the bike / pedestrian tunnel. The motion passed with 3 votes yes, 2 votes no, and 2 abstentions.
Meeting Minutes
September 8, 2008
The preferred location, as indicated by the general consensus of those in attendance of the previous public meetings, was presented to the Bicycle Commission. After considering numerous factors, including feedback from community meetings and the consultant retained on the project, the proximity to desirable destinations, relative costs, projected usage by the community, convenience, and accessibility, the Bicycle Commission unanimously recommends to the City Council that the bike / pedestrian underpass be located at Middle / Burgess.
Meeting Minutes
August 2008
City staff met with representatives of the potentially-impacted property owners Office of Stanford Real Estate and Menlo-Station Development.
July 31, 2008
A citywide meeting was held to discuss ideas, concerns, and possible locations for an undercrossing.
June 26, 2008
A neighborhood meeting was held to discuss ideas, concerns, and possible locations for an undercrossing.
Presentation
May 20, 2008
The City Council authorizes the City Manager to enter into an agreement in the amount of $40,968 with Alta Planning and Design to develop a Caltrain bicycle / pedestrian undercrossing location and plan line.
Staff Report | Summary of Actions | Meeting Minutes

The preferred undercrossing location identified in 2 public meetings and supported by both the Bicycle and Transportation Commissions is shown in red below.
Preferred Undercrossing Location