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Connecting Palo Alto Still on Track Despite Governor Newsom's Announcement

Connecting Palo Alto Still on Track Despite Governor Newsom's Announcement

Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State announcement that high-speed rail will only run from Merced to Bakersfield won't slow down Palo Alto’s plans to accommodate more frequent Caltrain service once the tracks are electrified.

The Churchill Avenue rail crossing, a possible citywide tunnel and traffic data will be the focus of the next Connecting Palo Alto MeetingJoin us on:

Wednesday, March 27
6-8 p.m.
Mitchell Park Community Center
El Palo Alto room

So far, Council has narrowed down its rail options to six and needs to further refine its recommendations. 

With Caltrain electrification on track to be completed in 2022, the big concern is by 2025 there could be 20 trains per hour in Palo Alto during peak times. This would leave the gates at rail intersections down 25 percent of the time, and create traffic backups during daily peak periods.

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Last Updated: February 25, 2019