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Raise the Caltrain Tracks

From: domainremoved <Ed>
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:01:20 +0000 (UTC)

Ladies and Gentlemen, 
I support Lee Duboc's proposal, to wit:
Critical Issue: Caltrain Railroad Tracks Fellow ResidentsWhat we do with the Caltrain tracks is critical for Menlo Park’s future--to our traffic during and after construction, to our ability to get around. The City Council and Planning Commission are being asked to choose between two alternatives.  One bad.  One terrible. The first, alternative A, would force all east-west traffic onto Ravenswood, and block traffic, foot, bike and auto, from crossing at Oak Grove and Glenwood. This is terrible. The second would grade separate Ravenswood, Oak Grove and Glenwood, would create a solid 10-foot high wall along the tracks, and would tie up traffic in the city for years. This is bad. I beg you to beg the city council to at least reconsider a third alternative:·       One that would not snarl the city in construction for years, negatively impacting traffic and retailers.·       Would not create a solid wall along the tracks.·       Would not create up and down hills under the tracks that would be difficult to bike.·       One that would open up—improve-- the city, hooray!!, and allow us to have vendors, or bike lockers, or parking, and to freely bike and walk where the tracks are now.·       One that could look attractive,·       And that could overcome neighbor fear of train noise by being noise mitigated with buffers and privacy by using glass that can be coated on demand.The third alternative is raising the tracks—in an open and attractive way. Beg the City Council to have Caltrain recalibrate the grades, so this third alternative is feasible.  The cost savings could justify the savings of a new calibration study--in spades. Do not sacrifice our city to what we believe is a Caltrain mistake. ...
Staff Report showing alternatives:  http://menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/15466
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.. Ed Brink, Menlo Park resident since 1969
Received on Sun Sep 10 2017 - 16:07:48 PDT

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