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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

VTA Board approves $5.8 million Caltrain safety improvements

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At the board meeting on December 10, 2009, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors authorized $5.8 million for the construction of Caltrain safety improvements. These improvements include modifications to railroad crossing gates, installation of guardrails, fencing, pedestrian gates, emergency swing gates, sidewalk, crossing panels and tactile warning panels as well as grading modifications to crossings within the Joint Powers Board owned segment (between Sunnyvale and Palo Alto).

This contract to Shimmick Transit located in Oakland will construct safety improvements at eight Caltrain crossings from Sunnyvale to Palo Alto, Calif. Field construction activities under this contract are scheduled to begin around March 2010, with anticipated completion in March 2011.

"This latest phase of work not only improves Caltrain safety, but also enhances the local economy," said Don Gage, Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board Chair, VTA board member, and Santa Clara County Supervisor.

This contract is the second phase of the Caltrain safety improvements program. The first phase was completed in March 2009 and included signing and striping at 36 at-grade crossings from Palo Alto to Gilroy.

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