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Caltrain upgrades California Avenue, Palo Alto stations


Caltrain has completed a year-long, $35 million project under which the agency increased track capacity, and improved safety and accessibility at both stations in Palo Alto, Calif.

At California Avenue Station, Caltrain replaced the center-boarding platform with outside boarding platforms on either side of the tracks, and installed a fence between the train tracks. Pedestrians now can use an underpass to cross platforms. Because of the station's previous configuration, only one train could serve the station at a time. Now, two trains can serve the facility.

At Palo Alto Station, workers modified the northern-most underpass to meet ADA standards and replaced the existing platforms with new, longer platforms.