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Alma Street Construction Apr 15-19 2019

Original post made by Marie, Midtown, on Apr 12, 2019

For those who have been frustrated by the Alma Street Road Closures for PG&E work the last couple weeks .... It will be much worse next week.

A longer stretch will be reduced to two lanes from 9AM to 9PM Apr. 15-Apr 19 2019.

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I highly encourage anyone who thinks that the CALTAIN 2040 plan to expand to four tracks from Mountain View to CA Avenue, to try to drive on Alma Street next week, especially at 5PM. That is what it will be like when half of Alma is closed in order to build four tracks. Although Caltrain has not announced the need to close 2-3 lanes of Alma in order to add the passing tracks, this was included on the last Environmental Impact Statement when HSR proposed the same thing. Caltrain does not have a 100 foot right of way over portions of the track from Mountain View to Palo Alto. 100 feet is necessary for four tracks.

Please contact the Palo Alto City Council if you do not support closing 2-3 lanes of Alma Street.

I am impressed with the newest Palo Alto beta website showing upcoming road closures. However, I could only find it because I have subscribed to weekly updates from the City of Palo Alto on construction and road closures. When I went to the city website, I could not find any link to this site. I'm sure it's there somewhere, but a search for Alma Street construction only linked to articles from prior years - nothing current. There was also no link on the planning site. This may be because the construction is due to PG&E upgrading/replacing the gas line (which I'm glad they are doing), not by the City. Still the beta website is great - I just wish it were easier to find.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Sorry, but, I'm in favor of expanding Caltrain. All kinds of other construction disrupts traffic all the time anyway, including utilities as mentioned.

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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

Caltrain can't build on Alma unless it owns Alma. Does it?

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2019 at 7:05 am

Posted by Curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North

>> Caltrain can't build on Alma unless it owns Alma. Does it?

They don't have to build -on- it to disrupt it. Take Arastradero, for example. Nobody is building "on" it, but, it has been a mess for a long time now. I'm not sure what they are doing on El Camino south(east) of Page Mill, but, all along at various spots it has been narrowed to two lanes. Construction on the Caltrain right-of-way has, is, and will disrupt traffic at various spots. Certain people complain about Caltrain because they hate trains. I complain about cars in residential neighborhoods speeding and running stop signs because I like to walk, and, because I hate to see kids hit by cars. But, "that's me" ...

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2019 at 9:09 am

Marie is a registered user.

I fully support expanding Caltrain and have been patient for the many times Alma traffic has been disrupted for various purposes, including PG&E's current work on Alma which has been ongoing for several weeks. Palo Alto has replaced water mains, added storm drains and fixed curbs. I have no objection to any of it nor do I object to further disruptions during the electrification of Caltrain and construction of grade separation. It is part of living on Alma.

My only objection is to a permanent closing of lanes on Alma to facilitate four passing tracks from Mountain View to California Avenue. If they can do it without closing lanes permanently, go for it. However, I believe passing tracks at the actual train stations should be sufficient. I don't see any necessity to seriously impact a main artery of traffic through Palo Alto. I would hope they could not do so without the approval of the Palo Alto City Council. However, I don't trust the current pro-development majority on the city council not to give part of Alma street away.

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