Congressional Delegation Brings Funding Home to Improve Caltrain Crossings

Safety at several Caltrain grade crossings will be improved thanks to one million dollars in federal funding obtained by Congressmembers Anna Eshoo and Kevin Mullin through the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The funding will implement safety improvements at Whipple Avenue in Redwood City, Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park and East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto.  

“Safety enhancements at Caltrain crossings are one of the most effective ways to improve the safety of passengers and drivers, and it’s why I’m so proud to have secured funding for projects in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Francisco that will save lives along the Caltrain corridor” said Rep. Eshoo. 

“Delivering for my district is my primary goal as a member of Congress and I am incredibly pleased to announce that this first round of bipartisan government funding bills includes $500,000 for Caltrain grade crossing improvements,” Rep. Mullin said. “These critical infrastructure investments will have a real difference in the lives of many residents in our community while making our railways safer as Caltrain reinvents itself through electrification of the system.”   

“Safety is core value at Caltrain that underlies everything we do,” said Michelle Bouchard, Caltrain Executive Director. “This funding will help to improve safety at grade crossings, protecting the public, keeping our trains moving and making getting around the Bay Area more convenient. We’re grateful to Congressmembers Eshoo and Mullin for their advocacy on behalf of safer public transit.” 

This funding will go to a series of specific improvements at the listed crossings, including signage, LED pavement markers, pedestrian channelization, track panels, stop bars, and gate relocation. 


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with commute service to Gilroy. Serving the region since 1863, Caltrain is the oldest continually operating rail system west of the Mississippi. Looking to the future, Caltrain is set to electrify the corridor by 2024, which will reduce diesel emissions and add more service to more stations while advancing the agency’s equity goals. 

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