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Caltrain stresses safety projects in 2010


This year marked the start of construction on the $147 million San Bruno Grade Separation project, part of ongoing safety improvements Caltrain prioritized in 2010.

The 55-mile commuter railroad’s engineering improvements include upgrades to grade crossings, new pedestrian gates and several grade separation projects designed to separate vehicle and pedestrian crossings from tracks.

The San Bruno project calls for elevating Caltrain tracks above three existing crossings at San Bruno, San Mateo and Angus avenues. A new, elevated Caltrain station will replace an existing station, and pedestrian underpasses will be built.

At the Santa Clara station, a $40 million project is designed to add a wider, longer center-boarding platform and a pedestrian underpass. Meanwhile, a $5.8 million project calls for improving safety at eight crossings in Santa Clara County. Those improvements will include signalized pedestrian gates, crossing panels, and, where appropriate, center medians to keep vehicles from driving around lowered crossing gates.

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