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RE: Caltrain comment-010217

From: Quirion, Jesse T <"Quirion,>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:05:08 -0800


Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and from your email and speaking with my staff it sounds like our team has and continues to notify the appropriate parties. As I mentioned in my last email, the roadway and the train track lines are not within Menlo Park Right of Way are not under our maintenance control, however we have and will continue to reach out to Caltrain and Caltrans to address any issues or concerns.

If you would like to discuss this further or if you have any other questions you are welcome to call my office and schedule a time to come in and meet with me.

Jesse T. Quirion
Director of Public Works
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)park.org<mailto:jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744

From: Dave Feld [mailto:dave.feld_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2015 8:45 AM
To: Quirion, Jesse T; _CCIN
Cc: De La Torre, Andria; board_at_(domainremoved)CCIN
Subject: Re: Caltrain comment-010217

Dear Jesse -

About one month ago I contacted your department at least twice as well as the City of
Menlo Park police department alerting you to the dangerous, deep pothole conditions along
the railway crossing on Willow road. So this should NOT be a surprise to you or to your

Upon contacting your managers, I was told that your department had contacted
Caltrans numerous times, but that that your department was getting the run-around.
I contacted Caltrans myself, and, after numerous discussions with Caltrans they told me
that this crossing belonged to Union Pacific Railroad (UP). After contacting UP in Omaha NB,
they said that they sold the property to the San Mateo County transportation district years ago.
Finally I contacted Caltrain who told me to wait 10 days to find out if this crossing belonged
to them. And finally Caltrain (Andria) acknowledged that this crossing is Caltrain's responsibility!

There are numerous problems and questions to be answered:

(1) Why were you not aware of this reported safety hazard after I called your office twice as well
as contacting your police department?

(2) Why was your department unaware of who the responsible parties were to correct the problem?
-- e.g. Why is there a dysfunctional relationship between Caltrain and the City of MenloPark?

Why does an unpaid private citizen like myself have to do the legwork to get to the bottom of this?

(3) Why doesn't the City of Menlo Park check for dangerous road conditions?
Why doesn't the Caltrain check for dangerous road conditions in their jurisdiction?

These and other related questions need desperately to be answered by yourself and other
responsible managers.

I am ccing my concerns to the city council of the City of Menlo Park.

Failure to address my questions above as well as this specific matter in a meaningful
way (e.g. to take specific actions to correct this) could be considered to be gross negligence
or worse by you and the other responsible parties! Caltrain also has responsibility here.

I look forward to meeting with you to get to the bottom of this mess.

Thanks & Regards,

- David Feld

On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 7:50 AM, Quirion, Jesse T <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
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)ark.org<mailto: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 - 09:59:56 PST

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