https://paloaltoonline.com/square/print/2019/09/13/palo-alto-banks-on-county-funds-to-plan-for-rail-redesign


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Palo Alto banks on county funds to plan for rail redesign

Original post made on Sep 14, 2019

Palo Alto's ever-shifting plans for redesigning its rail corridor are about to get a welcome boost from the Santa Clara VTA, the agency in charge of distributing funds for rail improvements from a 2016 tax measure.

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Posted by RalphE
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 14, 2019 at 12:02 pm

If you removed all of the foot traffic and the bicycle traffic from the towns rail crossings using tunnels under the roads and the railroad tracks, like California Avenue, you could move a lot more vehicles through these intersections in the limited amount of time that you have between trains.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 16, 2019 at 11:08 am

We wasted far more than that on the "bikeway" that no one wants and triggered a neighborhood revolt. Now we are taking needed street repair funds to "study" something that should have been completed a decade ago. Wake up Palo Alto!


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Posted by Old Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 16, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Leave it be.


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Posted by Ahem
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2019 at 4:43 pm

Every penny and every second spent trying to adapt Palo Alto to Caltrain's antiquate approach to transportation is a complete waste of time and money.

The best thing Palo Alto can do is NOTHING. 15-20 years from now when self-driving cars put Caltrain out of business, Palo Alto will end up looking like the smartest guys in the room. San Carlos, Redwood City, and Mountain View will all be stuck trying to figure out what to do with communities blighted by very expensive, ugly, white elephants.


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Posted by Family Friendly
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 16, 2019 at 5:05 pm

Self-driving cars will reduce our freeways to parking lots. There will always be a need for rail transportation.


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Posted by Ahem
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2019 at 6:51 pm

@FF,

Try taking a family of 4-5 on Caltrain and see how "family friendly" it is on your pocketbook. Does anyone believe Caltrain is family friendly enough for a 7-10 year old to travel alone? A self-driving mini-van will be the family friendly vehicle of the near future.

Caltrain isn't really a transportation system. For the older crowd it is a new-age religion from the 1960s that they cling to long after giving up on bell-bottoms, communes, and yurts. For the younger set, wanting to virtue-signal green, Caltrain is just a fashion accessory.


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Posted by I love Caltrain
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 16, 2019 at 7:33 pm

I love Caltrain is a registered user.

I don't ride Caltrain much but I love it because so many other people ride it. I can't imagine our streets with all those people in cars. If they are doing it for religious reasons or for fashion reasons or to "virtue signal", I don't care, I am all for it. They are helping us to reduce our transportation emissions and improve our air quality. I don't like Teslas either but I sure am glad that people are choosing to drive them.

I hope people can see the bigger picture and stop the sniping. Our planet is warming and it is no joke. Among the most important things we can do is to reduce our transportation emissions. Thank you Caltrain.


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Posted by Ahem
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2019 at 10:21 pm

A little too meta even for Palo Alto?


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Posted by Morris
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 17, 2019 at 1:35 am

"For the older crowd it is a new-age religion from the 1960s that they cling to long after giving up on bell-bottoms, communes, and yurts."

More grousing and bellyaching from Ahem.

"15-20 years from now when self-driving cars put Caltrain out of business"

How many thousands more vehicles will your Caltrain-free fantasy put on the roads? Every vehicle counts whether self-driving or not. With Bayshore and 280 reduced to parking lots you might make the trip from Palo Alto to the city in 4 - 6 hours, or am I being too optimistic?

Wait another 20 - 25 years and Elon Musk's flying trains will just fly over the crossings.