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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 temporary storage space for train maintenance equipment. It typically includes a track approximately 1000’ in length and an access road. Parking tracks allow for efficient use of limited work windows to keep the railroad functioning properly. 

The previous San Mateo Parking Track was in existence prior to Caltrain becoming the operator of passenger service. Located in the Bay Meadows area, it was used by Caltrain for 25 years until the grade separation project necessitated its removal. When the replacement parking track is complete, it would likely be accessed approximately once a month as needed. 

There are over a dozen parking tracks distributed in residential and commercial areas along the corridor. There is only one maintenance yard, which is a large 20 acre multi-acre complex operation and facility that is located in San Jose (see photos of existing parking tracks and the maintenance yard).

Timeline
In spring/early summer 2019, soil was distributed at a potential parking track  location. A community meeting was held on June 11, 2019 and feedback received. Thereafter, Caltrain 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 fall 2019 feasibility assessment). Another community meeting was held on October 8, 2019, where these options were discussed and additional feedback was collected.

Three focus group meetings (8-10 community members) were held in November/December 2019, and an additional option was examined (see January 2020 feasibility assessment). A community meeting was held on January 13, 2020 where an update on efforts since the last community meeting was given, and the City presented their staff recommendation. 

On January 21, 2020, a City Council Study Session was held where the staff recommendation was presented. Residents presented three new options and Council asked for a technical assessment of these options. 

At a City Council Study Session on February 18, 2020, Caltrain presented the technical assessment and it was determined the replacement parking track would be located in between 10th and 14th Avenues with neighborhood enhancements. Caltrain and the City will work with the community to determine the enhancements at this site with final design to be complete in May 2020. 

A construction contract for the project is projected to be issued in August 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 
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. 

Public Involvement
 
The neighborhood enhancements for the replacement parking track that will be located between 10th and 14th Avenues will be determined by a community outreach process that includes the following:

  Purpose  When
Online Survey #1*  To determine the neighborhood's enhancement priorities March 5 to 15, 2020
Open House CANCELLED

Renderings posted

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Caltrain and the City of San Mateo are following local public health agencies and CDC guidance regarding public meetings and have cancelled the April 7, 2020 Open House. Results of the March 2020 survey are posted online (see under resources). Renderings of the neighborhood's preferences for enhancements are being developed. In lieu of the open house preferences will need to be shared online. 

April 7, 2020
Open House  Please note the April 28 Open House is subject to change based on COVID-19. Draft design drawings (plan view) and rendering will be shared and feedback collected for final design  April 28, 2020
Final Design Shared online and via distribution list May 2020

*The City of San Mateo uses Speak Up San Mateo, a platform run by OpenGov, for its surveys. 

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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