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FEGS Study Scope: Concerns & Recommendations - January 12, 2019

From: domainremoved <dana>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:45:13 -0800

Menlo Park City Council:

In early December, city staff proposed a scope for the study of potential
fully elevated grade solutions (FEGS) that includes design constraints that
eliminate all practical track profiles except the one with the steepest
possible northern grade. Based on our own analysis this grade would likely
NOT be acceptable to Caltrain, a fact already well understood by both staff
and AECOM. Unfortunately, these constraints remain in the January 14 staff
report. The new City Council should remove them to ensure the study of FEGS
alternatives is both complete and fair. Our community deserves
opportunities to fully understand these alternatives and express their
preferences; the City Council is responsible for ensuring this happens.

The current staff proposal REQUIRES the northern grade starts south of
Encinal and rises to full elevation over Glenwood, i.e., no lowering of the
street, over a distance of approximately 1085 feet. This produces an
average grade that far exceeds the Caltrain standard of a 1% maximum
average grade and likely would NOT qualify for an exception.

While it is useful to understand the track profile proposed by city staff
and AECOM, the technical feasibility of three other track profiles are
needed BEFORE noise and aesthetic evaluations are undertaken. We
recommend AECOM perform a track profile analysis on the four alternatives
shown in this table.

[image: Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 9.47.24 AM.png]

Please note that many elevated tracks on the Peninsula, e.g., San Carlos,
 are "almost fully elevated", i.e., streets are lowered just a few feet to
avoid major excavations, and this type of separation should be considered
an option for Glenwood. Also, an alternative that closes Encinal to
vehicle traffic should be on the table.

We appreciate your attention to this matter and continue to offer our
assistance to city staff, the Rail Subcommittee and City Council.

Thank you.

Dana Hendrickson

*Additional Background Info:*

[image: GS Matrix -Ratings January 3, 2019.png]

[image: GS Matrix - Support - January 3, 2019.png]

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Received on Mon Jan 14 2019 - 10:42:14 PST

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