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Electrification project to temporarily close Caltrain pedestrian crossings, part of Oregon Expressway

Original post made on Nov 11, 2022

Caltrain has announced planned rail crossings and street closures in Palo Alto that will take place starting this Monday, Nov. 14, as it works on its electrification project.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 11, 2022, 12:26 PM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2022 at 6:19 pm

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This is going to be interested for school commutes, particularly Paly but also Gunn.


Posted by Jeremy Erman
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 11, 2022 at 11:10 pm

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There seems to be some important information missing from this article. The notice on the City's website says that "Beginning November 14 through November 30, temporary pedestrian closures to one side of the following crossings will occur Monday through Friday." The linked pdf also says "Only one side of each crossing (northern or southern) will be closed at a time. Only one crossing will have impacted access at a time."

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The words "to one side" or "only one side" are missing from this article, giving the impression that the crossings will be closed entirely to pedestrians and bicyclists on the dates mentioned. That doesn't appear to be the case (although, really, who knows what Caltrain will actually do...?).

The City's notice also says "Caltrain will be running a series of nighttime weekend shutdowns to test the train signal system at Palo Alto Ave (Alma Street) on the weekend of December 10 – 11 and December 17 – 18," which seems to suggest that the weekend train service shutdowns will only be at night (but again, who knows what Caltrain will really do...?)

Further information or clarification on these issues from Caltrain would be nice, especially since the Caltrain nighttime service shutdown announcement ends with "More details to come." With respect, we should have all the details NOW.


Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 14, 2022 at 1:58 am

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Very glad to read that El Camino in PA will finally be repaved!


Posted by Dennis Smith
a resident of University South
on Nov 14, 2022 at 10:39 am

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And this is just the beginning of what will happen when the electrified trains start to run while the City Council continues to avoid making decisions on rail crossings.


Posted by Sarah
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 14, 2022 at 11:04 am

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Do they mean the turn-offs to Alma going North/South when they talk about closures on Oregon? Oregon runs east/west.


Posted by Frank
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 22, 2022 at 10:58 am

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I'm sure this has everything to do with Electrification and nothing to do with the worker that fell through the bridge and almost died.
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Good thing Oregon Expressway will be closed. I would hate to see something else terrible happen. Jimminy Christmas!


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