State, local officials will mark safety improvements to Caltrain

An assortment of state and local officials, including San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, will assemble Wednesday to discuss grade-crossing upgrades to Caltrain’s railway.

The regional transit provider has been involved in 12 separate fatalities this year, including the deaths of three teenagers that were later deemed suicides.

As a way to help prevent further tragedies, Caltrain has embarked on a $17.2 million project for safety improvements at 25 different street crossings in San Mateo County. State Assemblyman Jerry Hill, San Mateo Deputy Mayor John Lee, and Elsbernd, who is also the vice chair of Caltrain’s board of directors, will convene the event marking the completion of nine of those crossings. The event, which is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. at the San Mateo Caltrain Station on First Avenue and Main Street, will also feature Nick Sayer, who survived a train collision on the Caltrain tracks.
 

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