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Re: Caltrain Viaduct: Best Option

From: Cline, Richard A <"Cline,>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 19:01:02 +0000

Tunnel it. Any other option will be a mistake.


Rich Cline

On Apr 5, 2017, at 11:59 AM, Steve Schmidt <menloparksteve_at_(domainremoved)

<MP grade sep II.pages>

Hi Emily,
Please print a correction regarding my comments in today's article about the Menlo Park grade separation study. Look at the tape of the CC meeting starting at about 1:47: I said that I supported a viaduct that grade separated all four MP at-grade crossings. I never mentioned a trench or a tunnel anywhere in my comments to the Council.
This is most distressing to me since a viaduct that grade separates Caltrain and High Speed Rail in Menlo Park has always been my position.
I have always opposed a trench or a tunnel as wasteful and impractical. Attached is a letter that will further explain my position on this issue.


Post article April 5 "Can't We Have A Tunnel" covered the Menlo Park City Council study session on grade separating one or more at-grade street crossings of Caltrain. Because my long held belief that the correct choice is to elevate the tracks, I was shocked to read an incorrect quote of my statement at the meeting.

One option that has been dismissed by MP staff based on anecdotal evidence or political consideration is the best option, a viaduct that separates all four of Menlo Park's crossings: Ravenswood, Oak Grove, Glenwood and Encinal. A viaduct will improve safety, eliminate horn noise, preserve access to commercial & residential properties, greatly enhance east-west connectivity for bikes and pedestrians and reduce traffic congestion for everyone.

We should not think of Menlo Park in isolation. Caltrain is an essential part of the Peninsula's transportation system. Atherton stubbornly clings to its policy against any elevation of the tracks, which forces Menlo Park into choosing between highly flawed alternatives. Menlo Park also held such a a policy, but wisdom prevailed. Atherton should think regionally and get on board for a modernized Caltrain

A viaduct through Menlo Park is the most practical grade separation solution for the City of Menlo Park. Tax dollars being spent on this study should include all options and not allow stale political arguments to influence the findings of this expensive study. We need a complete analysis by Menlo Park's consultant and City Council of this most viable option.

Steve Schmidt
Received on Wed Apr 05 2017 - 12:07:56 PDT

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