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Background
The project will create a "parking track" to replace one that was removed to facilitate the construction of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project. A "parking track" is a storage space for train maintenance equipment. It typically includes a track approximately 1000’ in length and an access road. Equipment is stored there and accessed for future track maintenance work that will occur along the corridor. 

In determining the location of the replacement parking track area, a number of factors are considered, including proximity to the previous parking track in Bay Meadows, tracks at ground-level, width and length requirements, track/road access, and compatibility with electrification infrastructure.

Timeline
In spring/early summer 2019, soil was distributed at a potential parking track  location. In the near future, crews will hydroseed and install drainage ditches to prevent any excess runoff at that location. A community meeting was held and feedback received. Since that time Caltrain has worked closely with the City of San Mateo to evaluate options at the current proposed parking track location as well as other locations. The team reviewed 28 different options, including the options suggested by members of the community (see feasibility assessment of options). 

There are several feasible options that are under discussion:

  • Move the parking track to just north of the Hayward Park Station, where the majority of the area is zoned for commercial use
  • Keep the parking track in the current location but provide significant screening such as vegetation and/or a wall

A community meeting was held on October 8, 2019, where the options that were reviewed were discussed and additional feedback was collected (details below).

A construction contract for the project has not been issued and no installation work is expected until 2020. Prior to the start of any installation work, Caltrain will communicate with residents, businesses and other interested members of the public to discuss the project in more detail. 

Community Impacts 
When soil is being moved into the area during pre-construction, crews will take steps to minimize impacts by installing drainage ditches. During the installation of the parking track, due to the nature of construction there may be temporary, localized noise impacts. When the replacement parking track is complete, it would likely be accessed approximately once a month as needed. 

Parking tracks are distributed throughout the corridor and are much different than a maintenance yard. Caltrain only has one maintenance yard which is a large complex operation and facility that is located in San Jose.

Public Involvement 
A community meeting was held on October 8, 2019, where the options that were reviewed were discussed and additional feedback gathered.

October 8, 2019
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
San Mateo City Hall
330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403 

A community meeting also occurred on June 11, 2019 at San Mateo City Hall.

Prior to the start of any installation work, Caltrain will communicate with residents, businesses and other interested members of the public. Caltrain also offers a weekly construction notice for those interested in the latest construction activities. To sign-up please visit www.Caltrain.com/ConstructionNotice. For questions please call the Caltrain Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287 or email construction@caltrain.com. 

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