Residents invited to rail workshop Saturday

Palo Alto event focuses on alternatives for grade separation

Palo Alto residents who want to take part in the city's largest infrastructure project in generations – the redesign of the rail corridor –- are invited to a community workshop on the topic this Saturday at the Palo Alto Art Center.

The event will be the second workshop in the city's community-engagement effort known as Connecting Palo Alto. The goal of the effort is to identify a preferred alternative for separating the Caltrain corridor from local streets.

Residents will be asked to give feedback on the city's proposed problem statement and evaluation criteria for what is known as "grade separation." The City Council approved both the problem statement and the criteria for the effort on Monday night.

City staff and consultants will also enlist the audience in helping them identify what should be examined at each crossing and develop alternatives for further study, according to the city's event announcement.

The Saturday workshop is the second of five workshops that the city plans to hold as part of its process for developing an alternative. The next two workshops, which are set to take place later this year and in early 2018, will be dedicated to further developing design options and selecting a preferred alternative.

The city's goal is to adopt a preferred alternative for grade separation by spring 2018.

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road.

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Behind the Headlines: Redesigning rail

New plan aims to broaden 'grade separation' debate


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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Annette is a registered user.

I hope Mike Cobb is available to attend as may be able to steer the discussion in such a way that the outcome isn't the same to-do list as last time. We need to stop spinning our train wheels and make some viable progress on this.

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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

No money, no progress. It's that simple.

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Posted by Larry Cohn
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 14, 2017 at 7:51 pm

Will there be more than two meetings in 2018?

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