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.
Read about the project history, including past meetings, presentations and reports.
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 a motion to 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.
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.