Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing project

This project evaluated the engineering feasibility of replacing the existing at-grade crossings of the Caltrain tracks by building grade separations of the roadways from the tracks at Ravenswood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue, Glenwood Avenue and Encinal Avenue, with priority on Ravenswood Avenue.

Project background


Read about the project history, including past meetings, presentations and reports.
Menlo Park Caltrain

Current status


This project evaluated two alternatives as directed by City Council, (1) an underpass at Ravenswood Avenue only and leaving the remaining at-grade crossings open as existing, and (2) a hybrid option that would grade separate Ravenswood, Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues, leaving Encinal Avenue open as existing.  A number of public meetings were held and materials can be found in the project history section.

On March 5, 2019, City Council approved the final project study report with the hybrid option (Alternative C) grade separating Ravenswood, Oak Grove and Glenwood Avenues as the preferred alternative. Encinal Avenue would remain open and at-grade under this alternative. In October 2019, staff submitted an application in response to the California Public Utilities Commission's request for projects to prioritize this project location. 

​Additional studies


Due to community feedback received when selecting the City's preferred alternative, City Council directed staff and the project team to develop a draft scope of work to potentially further evaluate a trench/tunnel and fully elevated alternatives. That draft scope of work was discussed by City Council on January 15, 2019 and subsequently at Rail Subcommittee meetings on April 22, July 16, and September 30. In addition, on May 21, 2019, City Council received a presentation from Professor Bennon of Stanford Global Project Center regarding financial feasibility of tunnels for rail.

On January 14, 2020, the City Council approved the revised scope of work and directed staff to consider additional visual impact studies at the direction of an ad hoc City  
Council subcommittee. More information will be posted here as the additional scope and cost is refined. 

Recent or upcoming meetings

Date Topic Location
January 14, 2020 City Council approved of scope of work for additional studies and directed staff to consider additional visual impact studies at the direction of an ad-hoc  Council subcommitee City Council Chambers