On Monday, June 18, Caltrain will begin a one-year project to improve safety at 15 grade crossings along the railroad corridor from San Francisco to San Jose. Improvements include more clearly-marked pedestrian crossings with new paint striping and lettering, tactile pavement markers and guardrails. Medians will also be installed or improved at eight locations to deter motorists from driving around gates.
Caltrain hopes the new street markings and signs will also deter motorists from stopping too close to the tracks. Railings will help safely funnel pedestrians to appropriate crosswalks and entry gates. The cost of this safety improvement project is $3.5 million.
Construction at all sites is expected to conclude by summer 2019. Regularly scheduled work hours at and around each crossing will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Construction activities include glue removal and grinding old paint, pouring concrete, gluing new tactile markers and painting.
Grade crossing improvement sites include: 16th Street, San Francisco; Broadway, Burlingame; Peninsula Avenue, Burlingame; 4th Avenue, San Mateo; Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park; Alma Street, Palo Alto; Charleston Road, Palo Alto; Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View; Castro Street, Mountain View and Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale.
Median installation or median improvement sites: 4th Avenue, San Mateo; Alma Street, Palo Alto; Churchill Road, Palo Alto; Charleston Road, Palo Alto; East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto; Sunnyvale Avenue, Sunnyvale; Auzerais Avenue, San Jose and West Virginia Street, San Jose.
Project funding is made available, in part, thanks to last year’s approval of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the landmark transportation funding legislation that invests $5.4 billion per year in programs that will fix roads, repair bridges and improve public transportation services statewide.
For weekly construction notices, visit the Caltrain website. For additional questions or concerns regarding this project, call the dedicated construction outreach line at 650.508.7726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.
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