Completion of Caltrain stations celebrated

California Avenue, Palo Alto stations are finished

Caltrain and government officials celebrated the completion of a yearlong, $35 million improvement project for the Palo Alto and California Avenue train stations in Palo Alto today.

The project targeted a range of improvements at both stations, such as rail safety, track capacity and accessibility. The stations are now fully compliant with standards set by the American with Disabilities Act, according to Caltrain.

Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center displayed a replica of the historic Golden Spike at a 10:15 a.m. ceremony at the California Avenue train station in Palo Alto.

Local officials such as Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss and Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier attended.


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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I think the California Ave. train station is less accessible after the changes. People walking (or using a wheelchair) from the midtown area have to down and up through 2 different tunnels to reach the north bound train tracks. The first tunnel (next to the water fountain) was not improved at all during this $35 million improvement project.

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 26, 2009 at 8:55 pm

And when the HSR comes, bye-bye train station.

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Posted by Excuseme?
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 27, 2009 at 7:10 am

Let's see....I used to go to the train station, buy a ticket, and stand on the platform and wait for the train. Now, 35 MILLION DOLLARS and for all that money what I do now is go to the train station, buy a ticket, and stand on the platform and wait for the train. And still no restroom! I love this country!

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 27, 2009 at 9:13 am

There are toilets on the train, so not having them in the station is not too big a deal.

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Posted by P.A. Native
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Trains in Palo Alto!?! I'm outraged!!! We must put a stop to CalTrain! We must sue them now!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I understand the benefit of the new train station is so a train going South can pass through the station at the same time as a train going north. They will no longer have to hold a southbound train outside the station while passengers get on and off a northbound train and walk across the tracks to reach the platform. Well, I guess it's safer now!!

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Posted by Barb
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 1, 2009 at 10:55 am

After all this nonsense with HSR, I am starting to love caltrain and their sincere efforts to be a good neighbor. If I had my way I would make the HSR accountable to the management at Caltrain who seem to be fairly open about their plans and designs.

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Posted by Prince Charles
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

Caltrain should have improved service instead.

The management of Caltrain should ride the system as part of employment so they know what the service is really like...

Caltrain is run like a part-time job.

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