$1M in Federal Funds Toward Grade Crossing Improvements for Caltrain

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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PALO ALTO, Calif. – Caltrain announced $1 million from the Consolidated Appropriations Act will go toward safety improvements at grade crossings.

Caltrain has received $1 million in federal funds that will go toward grade crossing improvements along the Caltrain corridor. The federal funding comes through the Consolidated Appropriations Act and was obtained by Congressmembers Anna Eshoo and Kevin Mullin. The crossings are located at:

  • Whipple Avenue in Redwood City
  • Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park
  • East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto

The funds will go toward “signage, LED pavement markers, pedestrian channelization, track panels, stop bars, and gate relocation,” according to a release from Caltrain.

Caltrain Executive Director Michelle Bouchard said, “Safety is [a] core value at Caltrain that underlies everything we do. . . This funding will help improve safety at grade crossings, protecting the public, keeping our trains moving and making getting around the Bay Area more convenient. We’re grateful to Congressmembers Eshoo and Mullin for their advocacy on behalf of safer public transit.”

Representative Anna Eshoo said, “Safety enhancements at Caltrain crossings are one of the most effective ways to improve the safety of passengers and drivers, and it’s why I’m so proud to have secured funding for projects in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Francisco that will save lives along the Caltrain corridor.”

Representative Mullin said, “Delivering for my district is my primary goal as a member of Congress and I am incredibly pleased to announce that this first round of bipartisan government funding bills includes $500,000 for Caltrain grade crossing improvements. . . These critical infrastructure investments will have a real difference in the lives of many residents in our community while making our railways safer as Caltrain reinvents itself through electrification of the system.”

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