Connecting Palo Alto

Designing Our Rail Corridor for the Future

What is Connecting Palo Alto?

The Palo Alto Rail Program -- now called Connecting Palo Alto – is a community based process to address long-standing challenges associated with at-grade crossings on the Caltrain corridor that runs through the community. This process will inform decisions affecting both community aesthetics and mobility choices for many future generations. Community feedback and collaboration will be a vital part of the decision making process. Engagement activities that inform, educate, gather input and connect citizens about potential rail design alternatives will help prepare the City for the transit landscape of the future.

For information on the City Council Rail Committee, please visit the Rail Committee webpage:

 Click here for a video introduction to the four grade crossings that will be discussed at the roundtables.

What are the latest updates?

Community Workshop #2

We had more than 100 people attend the Connecting Palo Alto Community Workshop #2 on Sat., Sept. 16 that included several presentations and lots of small group discussions. We’ll be posting more information from the workshop, but below in the "Here's Some Background" section are a video recording of the workshop, two presentations on the various grade crossing alternatives, and other materials presented at the workshop.

Over the summer, we sent out a community questionnaire designed to capture ideas and feedback from the community about issues/concerns related to grade crossings along the corridor. While not a statistically valid survey, we did hear from hundreds of community members, highlighting the importance of this issue to Palo Altans.

The responses can be found here and will be provided at meetings of the Planning and Transportation Commission (Aug. 9), City Council Rail Committee (Aug. 16), and the City Council (Aug. 28) following the summer break. We will also use this feedback to inform the conversation at our next Community Workshop on September 16, where we will discuss project objectives and performance measures, as well as various grade separation alternatives. 

Here's Some Background

If you weren’t able to make it to the first two Community Workshops held on May 20 and September 16, below are some links to the materials that were presented, as well as previous rail corridor studies, and other background materials.

Community Workshop #2 Materials

     Community Workshop #2 Summary Report

     A video recording of the entire workshop can be found here

     Workshop Survey Questions
     Connecting Palo Alto Introduction, Progress, Workshop Agenda, and Next Steps

     Future Conditions & Lessons from Ongoing Traffic Circulation Study Presentation

     Types of Grade Separations & Constraints Presentation

     Types of Grade Separation Alternatives & Constraints Baseball Cards

Community Workshop #1 Materials

     A video recording of the entire presentation can be found here.

     Workshop Agenda

     Rail Corridor Challenges Presentation

     Visual Survey Grade Crossings & Separations in Palo Alto

     Community Workshop #1 Summary Report

Rail Corridor Circulation Study Materials

     Rail Corridor Circulation Study - Complete Report

     Caltrain Grade Crossing Hazard Analysis - September 2015

     Input from Six Sample Scenario Tests (zip file)

     Output from Six Sample Scenario Tests (zip file)

Other useful links

     CA High-Speed Rail San Francisco to San Jose Section

     Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Study

     Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP)

     Study Area Map City of Palo Alto Rail Program

     Castro Street At-Grade Crossing City of Palo Alto Rail Program

     Rengstorff Street At-Grade Crossing 

Ravenswood Avenue Railroad Crossing Project City of Palo Alto Rail Program

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Last Updated: Nov 22, 2017