Work is set to begin this month on Caltrain’s 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, and reduce local traffic congestion.
On Monday, October 23, crews will begin building the bridges and walls necessary for the elevated rail alignment. There will be a partial closure of the parking lot at the Hillsdale Caltrain Station, with temporary parking being made available at 31st Avenue. There will also be periodic lane closures and parking restrictions on East 25th Avenue, and occasional single-tracking for Caltrain service around the area. In order to maintain regular train service, some activities will be conducted during nights and weekends, outside of normal train service hours. Neighbors may experience construction noise and light during these times and can sign up for a weekly construction notice at www.caltrain.com/25thGS.
This grade separation project has been a goal of Caltrain and the City of San Mateo for many years. The separation will complete east-west connections at 28th and 31st Avenues, reducing local traffic congestion and increasing safety for drivers and pedestrians. In addition, a new, modernized Hillsdale station is scheduled to open in 2019.
The project, funded by a combination of City, State, High Speed Rail Authority and San Mateo County Measure A funds, is estimated to cost $180 million.
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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