On Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, members of the Menlo Park community will have an opportunity to give input on the study to separate Ravenswood Avenue from the Caltrain railroad tracks. The second of three community meetings has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Menlo Church Social Hall in downtown Menlo Park at 700-B Chestnut Lane, Menlo Park, CA 94025. 

The project is evaluating the feasibility of replacing the existing at-grade crossing of the Caltrain tracks at Ravenswood Avenue and possibly at Oak Grove, Glenwood and Encinal Avenues with grade separations. The City has hired a consultant team to perform the evaluation and is hosting a series of three community meetings to gather feedback. The first community meeting was held May 2, 2016. The project page includes links to the information presented and feedback received at that meeting.

Since the first community meeting, the team has been refining the alternatives and assembling more detailed information to better illustrate the alternatives. Exhibits reflecting this additional study will be presented at the second community meeting and the community will be asked to provide input to continue to refine the alternatives.

Following the second workshop, the project team will also be attending a series of Commission and City Council meetings to present the community’s feedback and resulting detailed alternatives. The project is building on previous work that studied all possible alternatives, and is focusing on the two most feasible alternatives determined to date. The goals of the project include reducing traffic congestion, maintaining local access as much as feasible, and improving safety for all modes of travel at the railroad crossing. The project will allow the City Council to identify a recommended alternative and the next steps to advance the grade separation efforts.

To learn more about the project or to sign up for the project notification email list, visit: menlopark.org/ravenswood

For more information, please contact Associate Transportation Engineer Angela R. Obeso.

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