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Re: Caltrain comment-010217

From: domainremoved <Dave>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:34:18 -0800

Hi Jesse -

*I beg to differ with you.*

Your team repeatedly told me that Caltrans was the responsible party but
that
Caltrans was not acting. And when I contacted Caltrans they told me that
they were not the responsible party.

*There was utter confusion in your office about who was responsible to fix*
*this problem and there was clearly no action.*

So, maybe now, due to my detective work, Caltrain and you are finally
working together? However, your office should have been better organized
than this!
This is a serious public safety matter.

*You and your ream have certainly failed here and it was only my persistent*
*detective work that started this thing rolling.*

There are serious questions to be answered here which I have listed below
and which you have failed to answer.

*In addition I still have seen no concrete plan from your office *
*to address my initial concern.*

I will contact you directly by phone to discuss matter further.

Thank you.

- Dave Feld





On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 10:05 AM, Quirion, Jesse T <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> David,
>
>
>
> Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and from your email and
> speaking with my staff it sounds like our team has and continues to notify
> the appropriate parties. As I mentioned in my last email, the roadway and
> the train track lines are not within Menlo Park Right of Way are not under
> our maintenance control, however we have and will continue to reach out to
> Caltrain and Caltrans to address any issues or concerns.
>
>
>
> If you would like to discuss this further or if you have any other
> questions you are welcome to call my office and schedule a time to come in
> and meet with me.
>
>
>
> *Jesse T. Quirion*
>
> Director of Public Works
>
> City of Menlo Park
>
> E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
>
> P: 650-330-6744
>
>
>
> *From:* Dave Feld [mailto:dave.feld_at_(domainremoved)
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 03, 2015 8:45 AM
> *To:* Quirion, Jesse T; _CCIN
> *Cc:* De La Torre, Andria; board_at_(domainremoved)
> *Subject:* Re: Caltrain comment-010217
>
>
>
> Dear Jesse -
>
>
>
> About one month ago I contacted your department at least twice as well as
> the City of
>
> Menlo Park police department alerting you to the dangerous, deep pothole
> conditions along
>
> the railway crossing on Willow road. *So this should NOT be a surprise to
> you or to your*
>
> *department!*
>
>
>
> Upon contacting your managers, I was told that your department had
> contacted
>
> Caltrans numerous times, but that that your department was getting the
> run-around.
>
> I contacted Caltrans myself, and, after numerous discussions with Caltrans
> they told me
>
> that this crossing belonged to Union Pacific Railroad (UP). After
> contacting UP in Omaha NB,
>
> they said that they sold the property to the San Mateo County
> transportation district years ago.
>
> Finally I contacted Caltrain who told me to wait 10 days to find out if
> this crossing belonged
>
> to them. And finally Caltrain (Andria) acknowledged that this crossing is
> Caltrain's responsibility!
>
>
>
> *There are numerous problems and questions to be answered:*
>
>
>
> (1) Why were you not aware of this reported safety hazard after I called
> your office twice as well
>
> as contacting your police department?
>
>
>
> (2) Why was your department unaware of who the responsible parties were to
> correct the problem?
>
> -- e.g. Why is there a dysfunctional relationship between Caltrain and the
> City of MenloPark?
>
>
>
> Why does an unpaid private citizen like myself have to do the legwork to
> get to the bottom of this?
>
>
>
> (3) Why doesn't the City of Menlo Park check for dangerous road conditions?
>
> Why doesn't the Caltrain check for dangerous road conditions in their
> jurisdiction?
>
>
>
> These and other related questions need desperately to be answered by
> yourself and other
>
> responsible managers.
>
>
>
> I am ccing my concerns to the city council of the City of Menlo Park.
>
>
>
> Failure to address my questions above as well as this specific matter in a
> meaningful
>
> way (e.g. to take specific actions to correct this) could be considered to
> be gross negligence
> or worse by you and the other responsible parties! Caltrain also has
> responsibility here.
>
>
>
> I look forward to meeting with you to get to the bottom of this mess.
>
>
>
> Thanks & Regards,
>
>
>
> - David Feld
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 7:50 AM, Quirion, Jesse T <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
> wrote:
>
> David and Andria,
>
> Thank you for sharing your email communications so that we can better
> address this concern.
>
> As Andria mentioned, the City has been working with Caltrain and the UPR
> in partnership with Facebook, on the approval of a number of improvements
> including new sidewalks along Willow Road and crossing the Caltrain
> (Dumbarton) tracks at Willow Road. However, I was not aware of any pothole
> or roadway concerns at this crossing. The City has however reached out to
> Caltrain a number of times in regards to the roadway conditions crossing
> the Caltrain line on Marsh Road and those repairs are still needed.
>
> Willow Road between Bay Road and Bayfront Expressway is a Caltrans owned
> roadway and the City does not have the authority to make repairs, however I
> will ask our Street Division to inspect the area of Willow, crossing the
> Caltrain line and if there is anything that we can do to help expedite the
> repair with Caltrain or Caltrans we are more than happy to help.
>
> Jesse T. Quirion
> Director of Public Works
> City of Menlo Park
> E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
>
> On Feb 3, 2015, at 6:47 AM, Dave Feld <dave.feld_at_(domainremoved)
> dave.feld_at_(domainremoved)
>
> Dear Andria -
>
> Re: Dangerous road conditions on Willow Road in City of Menlo Park
>
> Thank you for finally acknowledging that Caltrain is 100% responsible for
> the
> dangerous roadbed conditions at the out-of-service rail crossing on Willow
> road
> in the city of Menlo Park near the entrance to the Dumbarton bridge.
> Leaving the roadbed
> in such poor and dangerous condition for so many months indicates that
> at best Caltrain is incapable of getting its act together. Caltrain may
> be negligent
> or worse for not having properly monitored and maintained its own property
> or worse yet for being aware of the problem but for having ignored it for
> so
> many months!
>
> In addition, the City of Menlo Park has told me that they have been
> desperately trying
> get this fixed, but contacted the wrong institutions so to do -- they
> contacted Caltrans and
> other institutions to try to get this problem resolved. So this affair
> seems to indicate that your
> relations with the city of Menlo Park are at best dysfunctional. I am
> shocked in Caltrains'
> lackadaisical attitude to NOT get this fixed ASAP given the seriousness of
> the matter.
> This roadbed problem not only can cause damage to crossing traffic but it
> may also
> cause a serious car accident if it has not done so already.
>
> I am ccing the board of directors at Caltrain so that they have the
> opportunity
> to address this matter in its entirety in their upcoming Feb. 5th meeting.
> I have also forwarded this e-mail to the city of Menlo Parks' entire city
> council.
>
> Kindly answer two questions for me:
>
> (1) Have you contacted the appropriate manager in the city of Menlo park
> to discuss
> this matter? If so when and who did you contact to discuss this?
>
> (2) How long has Caltrain been aware of this roadbed problem?
>
> Thank you.
>
> Sincerely private and concerned citizen & resident of Santa Clara county.
>
> - David Feld
>
>
>
> On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 6:28 PM, De La Torre, Andria <
> delatorrea_at_(domainremoved)
> Dear Mr. Feld,
>
> Thank you for submitting your comments to Caltrain. We have forwarded your
> concerns regarding potholes on Willow Road in Menlo Park. We have forwarded
> your report to the proper parties for review. This grade crossing is out of
> rail service on the Dumbarton Line. We were informed we have an employee
> working with the City of Menlo Park to make some changes to the sidewalk;
> we will have them incorporate some cold patch repair as well. However, this
> will take some time for this to happen and we do not have an exact estimate
> as it is a collaborated effort. Thank you again for bringing to our
> attention to help address.
>
> Kind Regards,
>
> Andria De La Torre
> SamTrans | Caltrain | TA
> Customer Service Department
> 1250 San Carlos Ave.
> San Carlos, CA 94070-1306
> 1-800-660-4287<tel:1-800-660-4287>
> www.smctd.com<http://www.smctd.com/>
>
>
>
Received on Tue Feb 03 2015 - 10:29:07 PST

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