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Re: Tonight: Menlo Park rail policy

From: domainremoved <Bianca>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:17:23 -0800

Dear Council Members,

A well-designed grade separation at Ravenswood Avenue would significantly
enhance the safety and efficiency of an extremely busy rail crossing for
cars, bicycles and pedestrians alike. This would tangibly improve the
movement of people and goods, reduce pollution from idling cars, enhance
safety, and eliminate noisy horns at that crossing. Revising the current
policy for the Caltrain corridor to be consistent with the Blended Plan
still prevents a four-track option through Menlo Park.

Please keep Menlo Park moving forward toward safer and more efficient
traffic patterns for all its residents.

Thank you.

Bianca Walser
Menlo Park



On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM, Adina Levin <aldeivnian_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear Council Members,
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> There is a decision before City Council this evening about whether to
> loosen the policy prohibiting a third track, in order to qualify for grant
> funding for grade separation design for Ravenswood from the San Mateo
> County Transportation Authority.
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> The "blended system" planning for Caltrain and High Speed Rail does not
> have any 4-track options traveling through Menlo Park. For Menlo Park,
> the possibilities in the blended system are 2 tracks or possibly a 3rd
> passing track. The decision about passing tracks would be made in the late
> 2020s at the earliest; possibly much later.
>
> Opponents of High Speed Rail and the blended system are encouraging Menlo
> Park to keep our two-track-only policy - and halt our city's efforts to
> improve safety and reduce traffic congestion at Ravenswood. From this
> perspective, it is more important to fight high speed rail, than to serve
> the needs of our city.
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> I think that our needs in Menlo Park for safety and functional traffic
> patterns should be a higher priority than efforts to combat possible high
> speed rail options decades in the future.
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> Menlo Park's fight for local interests has already been successful at
> defeating the excessive 4-track elevated structure, The only plans on the
> table are for a less intrusive blended system. Last year, Jerry Hill's
> bill SB557 protects the blended system in law. This is already a victory.
>
> Menlo Park should move on from fighting the last war, and move on to
> supporting the needs and interests of this city.
>
> Adina Levin
> Menlo Park
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Received on Tue Jan 14 2014 - 14:15:54 PST

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