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YES! Consider ONLY the 3rd alternative....

From: domainremoved <David>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:11:26 -0400

Good Day! Monday, 9-11-2017

As a Menlo Park Resident for many years who has patronized the Menlo Park Library --

and used the downtown Post Office and the Chevron at Oak Grove and the Safeway at Middle and Draegers and used the Oak Grove and Ravenswood/Menlo Avenue crossings a few times each week,
I know in some detail how destructive of downtown Menlo Park both the proposals now listed would be.

But there is a third alternative. True, it also is not perfect. Please ONLY consider it and drop the other two totally!

Only consider this 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.

Refuse access totally unless Caltrain recalibratesthe grades, so this third alternative is feasible.

The cost savings could justifythe savings of a new calibration study--in spades. Do not sacrifice our city towhat I believe is a Caltrain mistake.


David Eller
Received on Mon Sep 11 2017 - 09:17:14 PDT

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