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Grade Separation

From: domainremoved <David>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:02:46 -0800

Members of Council,

  This evening, you will be asked to make a decision regarding grade separation for Ravenswood Avenue. I want to make you aware of my support for grade separation at the Caltrain tracks. I have been advocating for this for nearly 15 years now, and I have spoken to some council members during their respective campaign periods on this very issue.

  Now that I have stated my support for grade separation, I have two perspectives to offer you. I hope you will consider them carefully.

1) I am a long-time employee of the Federal Government, working primarily as a Program Manager and a Project Manager for a variety of long-range programs. I can tell you from my experience that a program rarely has more funding at the conclusion than it has at the beginning. I worry that if Menlo Park continues to oppose rail improvements at this time, we will be stuck with the least expensive solution when the time comes to complete the project in our City. This least expensive solution is unlikely to be the most desirable. I strongly encourage you to ensure that Menlo Park has a seat at the table with Caltrain and the High Speed Rail Authority as well, lest we be finding ourselves with the leftovers after other cities' solutions have been advantageously implemented.

2) Menlo Park has already been granted funding for grade separation at Ravenswood, by the State Of California, nearly 20 years ago. That funding was withdrawn due to inaction on the part of the City of Menlo Park. It would have been cheaper to implement back then, but it will never be less expensive than today. Please don't lose another opportunity.


David Alfano
Menlo Park


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Received on Tue Jan 14 2014 - 12:01:00 PST

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