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.
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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 two presentations on the various grade crossing alternatives, as well as what traffic is predicted to be like in the future.
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.