Alma/Churchill Section 130 Project

Alma Street/Churchill Avenue Safety Improvement Project

The California Department of Transportation Division of Rail, in cooperation with the Peninsula Corridor Joint Power Board (JPB) and City of Palo Alto (City), has proposed a railroad crossing improvement project at Churchill Avenue and Alma Street in Palo Alto to enhance safety. A diagnostic team comprised of staff from the City, California Public Utilities Commission, and Caltrain analyzed the existing conditions at the intersection for vehicular travel, bicycle travel, pedestrian pathways, and rail traffic, and developed recommendations to enhance safety. Improvements will be designed and implemented by the City in the City’s right of way, and by the JPB in the JPB’s right of way. Some of the design elements include; traffic signal modifications, street lighting improvements, roadway resurfacing, sidewalk realignment and/or widening, drainage improvements, utility relocations and signage and striping.

This project is separate and independent from the on-going rail grade separation conversations and addresses more immediate safety concerns at this crossing. Council approval of concept plan is expected in Spring 2021 and construction to begin in late 2022.

This crossing was identified for possible funding of hazard elimination and safety improvements through the Federal Section 130 funds. The Section 130 program is a federally funded program, administered by the states, for the elimination of hazards at at-grade highway-rail crossings. Section 130 funding will reimburse the actual and direct costs of the design and construction of the improvements.

Community Outreach Meeting
January 21, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting in Zoom:
Meeting ID:  969 1811 8202
Phone:  1-669-900-6833

Pursuant to the provisions of California Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20, issued on March 17, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this meeting was held by virtual teleconference only, with no physical location.

Here is the meeting's video recording

Here is the meeting's presentation

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Additional Information & Resources

Approval of Contract with BKF Engineers (staff report from 9/28/2020)

2020 Contract Amendment between the City of Palo Alto and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

2019 Contract between the City of Palo Alto and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Project Managers

Rafael Rius

Ruchika Aggarwal