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Palo Alto seeks input about Caltrain corridor tonight

Original post made on Mar 29, 2012

Palo Alto residents will have a chance to share their vision for the Caltrain corridor and provide feedback about a recent report on the subject at a community meeting tonight.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 29, 2012, 11:37 AM

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Posted by YIMBY
a resident of University South
on Mar 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

YIMBY is a registered user.

Please come tonight! The Rail Corridor Task Force needs to hear from you! Do note though that this deals with the corridor itself, not high speed rail - that is the domain of the City Council Rail Committee.

But items like grade separations, new crossings to connect east and west sides of town, and even nearby cross-town streets like Alma and El Camino are part of the scope of the study.

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Posted by yes yes yes
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Yes from me, too. Electrifying Caltrain will make it so much easier to get around the peninsula. Say goodbye to traffic jams and exorbitant gasoline prices.

Don't try to stall this project unless you are pro-BP and pro-OPEC.

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Posted by Stan
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm

The electrification of Caltrain could be a great development on the peninsula. The primary goals are to increase the frequency of train service, and decrease transit times. However, simply electrifying Caltrain as it is will NOT make traffic jams disappear. On the contrary, unless road-rail crossings are fully separated, allowing the simultaneous free flow of rail, auto, and pedestrian traffic, traffic congestion will increase everywhere on the peninsula. Obvious safety issues arise as well. More trains means more frequent rail crossing closings, more backed up traffic, and more opportunities for accidents.

I encourage the city to support the electrifying Caltrain. However, the city should support this project only if grade separations everywhere are included as a part of the package.

I read the report being discussed tonight and thought highly of it. I encourage the city to pursue the trenched rail corridor through Palo Alto. I realize it's undoubtedly an expensive option. However, once the train tracks are in a trench, well below grade, the issue of rail crossings becomes a non issue, and real rail safety becomes a reality, and most likely, noise associated with truly fast trains may be sufficiently mitigated. It's also possible to cover the trench, and turn the rail corridor at the surface into more usable space up and down the peninsula

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