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Re: Caltrain comment-010217

From: Quirion, Jesse T <"Quirion,>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 07:50:39 -0800

David and Andria,

Thank you for sharing your email communications so that we can better address this concern.

As Andria mentioned, the City has been working with Caltrain and the UPR in partnership with Facebook, on the approval of a number of improvements including new sidewalks along Willow Road and crossing the Caltrain (Dumbarton) tracks at Willow Road. However, I was not aware of any pothole or roadway concerns at this crossing. The City has however reached out to Caltrain a number of times in regards to the roadway conditions crossing the Caltrain line on Marsh Road and those repairs are still needed.

Willow Road between Bay Road and Bayfront Expressway is a Caltrans owned roadway and the City does not have the authority to make repairs, however I will ask our Street Division to inspect the area of Willow, crossing the Caltrain line and if there is anything that we can do to help expedite the repair with Caltrain or Caltrans we are more than happy to help.

Jesse T. Quirion
Director of Public Works
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)

On Feb 3, 2015, at 6:47 AM, Dave Feld <dave.feld_at_(domainremoved)

Dear Andria -

Re: Dangerous road conditions on Willow Road in City of Menlo Park

Thank you for finally acknowledging that Caltrain is 100% responsible for the
dangerous roadbed conditions at the out-of-service rail crossing on Willow road
in the city of Menlo Park near the entrance to the Dumbarton bridge. Leaving the roadbed
in such poor and dangerous condition for so many months indicates that
at best Caltrain is incapable of getting its act together. Caltrain may be negligent
or worse for not having properly monitored and maintained its own property
or worse yet for being aware of the problem but for having ignored it for so
many months!

In addition, the City of Menlo Park has told me that they have been desperately trying
get this fixed, but contacted the wrong institutions so to do -- they contacted Caltrans and
other institutions to try to get this problem resolved. So this affair seems to indicate that your
relations with the city of Menlo Park are at best dysfunctional. I am shocked in Caltrains'
lackadaisical attitude to NOT get this fixed ASAP given the seriousness of the matter.
This roadbed problem not only can cause damage to crossing traffic but it may also
cause a serious car accident if it has not done so already.

I am ccing the board of directors at Caltrain so that they have the opportunity
to address this matter in its entirety in their upcoming Feb. 5th meeting.
I have also forwarded this e-mail to the city of Menlo Parks' entire city council.

Kindly answer two questions for me:

(1) Have you contacted the appropriate manager in the city of Menlo park to discuss
this matter? If so when and who did you contact to discuss this?

(2) How long has Caltrain been aware of this roadbed problem?

Thank you.

Sincerely private and concerned citizen & resident of Santa Clara county.

- David Feld

On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 6:28 PM, De La Torre, Andria <delatorrea_at_(domainremoved)
Dear Mr. Feld,

Thank you for submitting your comments to Caltrain. We have forwarded your concerns regarding potholes on Willow Road in Menlo Park. We have forwarded your report to the proper parties for review. This grade crossing is out of rail service on the Dumbarton Line. We were informed we have an employee working with the City of Menlo Park to make some changes to the sidewalk; we will have them incorporate some cold patch repair as well. However, this will take some time for this to happen and we do not have an exact estimate as it is a collaborated effort. Thank you again for bringing to our attention to help address.

Kind Regards,

Andria De La Torre
SamTrans | Caltrain | TA
Customer Service Department
1250 San Carlos Ave.
San Carlos, CA 94070-1306
Received on Tue Feb 03 2015 - 07:44:55 PST

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