Plan to close 25th Avenue meets dissent

Closing 25th Avenue — a street that runs over the Caltrain tracks in San Mateo’s Hillsdale neighborhood — is absolutely not an option, residents and businesses told a Caltrain official at a joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission on Tuesday night.

The meeting was held to provide feedback about a long-planned project to route 25th, 28th, and 31st avenues either under or overthe tracks.

The three entities involved in the project are Caltrain, which controls the tracks, the city, which controls the roads, and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, which will likely fund most of the projects.

The meeting heard a presentation by Ian McEvoy, a representative of Caltrain and the Transportation Authority.

Though everyone says the reroutes are needed, the question remains how to do it.

City officials also reaffirmed they still want Caltrain’s Hillsdale station moved a few blocks north of its location at Hillsdale Boulevard — a plan that Caltrain and the county’s Transportation Authority have been reticent to endorse because of its cost.

The price tag for these projects is likely to run in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Also, they’re not likely to even begin being constructed until 2014.

To possibly save some of these expenses, Caltrain and the city’s Public Works Department pondered closing 25th Avenue. As it stands, 25th Avenue crosses the railroad at a grade — meaning it runs right over the tracks. This type of crossing is being phased out by Caltrain as a safety hazard, McEvoy said.

But businesses owners from the 25th Avenue area said that would kill their business. Warren Chapman, owner of the Swinging Door restaurant on 25th, estimated that some 75 percent of his business comes from traffic along the road.

kworth@examiner.com

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The Rev. Norman Fong of the Chinatown Community Development Center joined San Francisco city leaders and community partners in a “Campaign for Solidarity” at Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, Apr 17, 2021. (CraigLee/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
City launches ‘Campaign for Solidarity’ to combat racial violence

Mayor London Breed, the city’s Human Rights Commission and community leaders launched… Continue reading

Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs spoke to San Francisco’s new Guaranteed Income Advisory Group on April 16. (Courtesy SFGOV)
City launches task force to explore Universal Basic Income programs

San Francisco on Friday launched a guaranteed income task force that could… Continue reading

Muni’s K-Ingleside line will return six months earlier than previously announced. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
K-Ingleside train to return on May 15

Announcement comes on the heels of pressure from Supervisor Myrna Melgar

The Warriors will be back inside the Chase Center against the Denver Nuggets on April 23. <ins>(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Sports weekahead for week of April 18, 2021

A look at the upcoming major Bay Area sports events (schedules subject… Continue reading

Demonstrators march from Mission High School towards the San Francisco Police station on Valencia Street. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Vigil, march honors those killed by police

Deaths of Daunte Wright, Roger Allen and others prompt renewed calls for defunding

Most Read