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Re: Ravenswood Avenue Railroad Crossing Study

From: domainremoved <Thierry>
Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2018 16:54:59 -0700


This message is about railroad crossing study referenced below. I have attended a few of the public sessions and contributed when possible over the past few years through questions and comments.

If I understand this report well, the decision is to change the Ravenswood crossing only, leaving Encinal, Glenwood and Oak avenue as is.
If that is correct, I have to say that I find this decision very disappointing and also short sighted. As construction density and traffic increase, the danger of using railroad crossing systems which are designed for the countryside will continue increasing too.
The noise pollution for all inhabitants near these crossings is also a major annoyance for hundreds of people along these tracks.
I have to say that I don't understand where the opposition is coming from - why do the inhabitants of Atherton and Felton Gables enjoy having noisy and dangerous crossings?
But I do strongly protest against this decision. I agree that it does tackle the most dangerous intersection (which is good), but it is also a missed opportunity for real progress in Menlo Park - creating a collision free, horn free environment.

Thierry Depeyrot
1425, Laurel street
Menlo Park

On May 14, 2018, at 09:40 AM, City of Menlo Park <no-reply_at_(domainremoved)

> The final alternatives of the Ravenswood Avenue Railroad Crossing study <http://www.menlopark.org/ravenswood> were presented to the City Council <https://www.menlopark.org/455/City-Council> at their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 7 p.m. At that regular meeting, City Council approved the following motion:
> Move forward with Alternative A which provides for an underpass crossing at Ravenswood Avenue and keeps Oak Grove, Glenwood and Encinal Avenues open to all modes of traffic as existing
> Appropriate $31,000 from the undesignated fund balance to complete the project
> Authorize the City Manager to amend the agreement with AECOM
> With this direction, the Project Study Report (PSR) can be completed including 15% design plans and the City can move forward into the environmental studies and preliminary engineering design phase.
> On May 8, 2018, City Council also provided general direction to staff to bring back the following additional items at a future meeting:
> Letters to Palo Alto, Atherton, Redwood City, Mountain View and Sunnyvale to request consideration of a multi-city trench or tunnel
> Letter to Caltrain to request a bicycle/pedestrian path adjacent to the rail within Caltrain right-of-way
> Additional scope of work and appropriation request to prepare (1) a financial assessment of a trench/tunnel; (2) a conceptual design, noise, tree, and visual impact assessment of a fully elevated alternative
> The agenda and staff report <http://www.menlopark.org/AgendaCenter/Menlo-Park-City-Council-14/> can be found on the City’s webpage. A video of the meeting <https://www.menlopark.org/694/Watch-public-meetings> can also be found on the City’s webpage. Please visit the project webpage <http://www.menlopark.org/ravenswood> for more information about the project and information from previous public meetings.
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Received on Sun Jun 03 2018 - 22:04:42 PDT

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