Five crossing zones along Caltrain tracks on the Peninsula are slated for infrastructure improvements as part of an effort to increase safety.
The intersections — where the tracks cross Brewster Avenue in Redwood City, at Churchill and East Meadow avenues in Palo Alto, and at Rengstorff Avenue and Castro Street in Mountain View — will each have additional time added to their gate-down intervals, meaning cars will have to wait a little longer for trains to pass through.
Additionally, traffic signals at the intersections will be extended to coordinate with the longer gate-down times.
These measures were studied by the California Public Utilities Commission, a state regulator, and deemed to be the best solutions to increasing safety at the sites, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn. The CPUC is expected to completely fund the $1.85 million safety improvement project, Dunn said.
Caltrain anticipates starting construction on the intersection improvements this summer, with work scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. On Thursday, Caltrain’s board of directors is slated to vote on whether to approve the project.