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RE: Railroad grade crossing at Ravenswood question

From: Nagaya, Nicole H <"Nagaya,>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:47:36 -0700

Hi Ms. Rorapaugh,

Thank you for your message. You are correct – the City did receive a grant award in May 2014 from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority to further explore grade separation options at Ravenswood Avenue. This grant-funded work will be programmed into the coming year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for next fiscal year.

The summary presentation to the Rail Subcommittee on March 18, 2015 was meant to share the historical work already completed in order to provide context for the new grant-funded study. The Rail Subcommittee requested that the Council provide direction on potential alternatives for grade separation and the rail alignment as well. This is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th. Following the Council’s direction on these topics, we will have more information on the scope and schedule for the grant-funded study on the City’s website.

Let me know if you have any further questions.
Best,
Nikki

Nicole H. Nagaya, P.E.
Transportation Manager
City of Menlo Park
P: 650.330.6781
e: nhnagaya_at_(domainremoved)

From: Roxanne Rorapaugh [mailto:rrorapaugh_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:51 PM
To: _CCIN
Subject: Railroad grade crossing at Ravenswood question

Dear City Council,

I recently watched the Transportation Commission meeting about the current status of the Ravenswood railroad crossings, which included a presentation from staff about grade crossing options. This presentation was similar to one I had seen watching the video of the Railroad Subcommittee meeting last month. I have a question:

Last December and January, when the CIP budget was being worked on, the Alma
Ravenswood Pedestrian - Bike Study project was removed from the plan in year 2015-16
because the City received a grant from Samtrans to complete a full vehicle study to depress
Ravenswood at the Caltrain tracks and this study would cover the pedestrian and bike
components as well.

During the presentations I have seen regarding grade crossings, no mention of this study has
been made. I wonder, because if the city does plan on depressing Ravenswood as per the
study, won’t this impact the choices we have for grade separations?

I could not find any more information about the Samtrans grant on the city’s website. Perhaps
you know the status of it.

In the meantime, I hope the grade separation project continues to move ahead and that the City Council rail policy is changed to allow for three tracks and possibly raised tracks
since this will help keep the city’s options open as we look at grade separation alternatives.


Thank you,
Roxanne Rorapaugh
885 Sherman Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Received on Mon May 04 2015 - 14:54:30 PDT

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