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Palo Alto launches Virtual Town Hall to solicit feedback on rail redesign

Original post made on Aug 24, 2020

With Palo Alto approaching a key decision in its multiyear effort to redesign four rail crossings, the city has launched a Virtual Town Hall to allow residents to learn about the project without leaving home.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Aug 24, 2020 at 11:03 am

Kathy is a registered user.

Doing nothing --- leaving Churchill Avenue just the way it is -- is a very viable alternative, yet it is not presented as one in the City's Virtual Reality Town Hall presentation.

While Caltrain will recover eventually, from losing 95% of its ridership, to approach its prior (65k daily) ridership levels, it will take a long time to even do that. It's prior (very optimistic) projections to triple its ridership are rightfully out the window. Given public health and safety concerns about public transportation use (Covid 19 transmission), along with changing work patterns, like permanent and part time remote work, and workers who no longer even need to live in Silicon Valley, the need for increased Caltrain train frequency (and the $22 billion cost) is not there. Increased Caltrain service frequency is what prompted the discussions of the costly grade separations in the first place.


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