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Caltrain Grade Crossing Work Underway in Palo Alto

Caltrain Grade Crossing Work Underway in Palo Alto

July 20, 2018— Caltrain’s project to improve safety at 15 grade crossings along the railroad corridor from San Francisco to San Jose is currently underway in Palo Alto at the Churchill, Charleston and East Meadow rail crossings. The scheduled work hours at and around each crossing is weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is expected to be complete by August 10. The work at the Alma Street crossing is already finished.

Improvements include more clearly-marked pedestrian crossings with new paint striping and lettering, tactile pavement markers and guardrails. Medians will also be installed or improved at eight locations to deter motorists from driving around gates. Construction activities include glue removal and grinding old paint, pouring concrete, gluing new tactile markers and painting.

Caltrain hopes the new street markings and signs will also deter motorists from stopping too close to the tracks. Railings will help safely funnel pedestrians to appropriate crosswalks and entry gates. The cost of this safety improvement project is $3.5 million.

Project funding is made available, in part, due to last year’s approval of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the landmark transportation funding legislation that invests $5.4 billion per year in programs that will fix roads, repair bridges and improve public transportation services statewide.

For weekly construction notices, visit the Caltrain website. For additional questions or concerns regarding this project, call the dedicated construction outreach line at 650.508.7726 or email

Last Updated: July 20, 2018