Published Tuesday, September 8, 2009, by the San Mateo Daily Journal
San Bruno to decide on funding for elevated train tracks
Daily Journal Staff Report
Elevating train tracks in San Bruno by 2012 will cost the city an estimated $350,000, and funding a portion of the cost will go before the City Council tonight.
An aggressive timetable to gain access to $30 million in state funding for grade separation in San Bruno means the city needs to consider approving its own costs for the project. Tonight, the City Council will consider amending the current capital improvement budget to include $250,000 in redevelopment money for staff and professional services. Next year, the city is estimated to spend $100,000, according to a staff report written by Public Works Director Klara Fabry.
Much public input was gathered in previous years when talks of grade separation began in San Bruno but little has occurred since. More recently, Caltrain officials learned it needed to go out to bid for the contract by June 2010 to receive $30 million in Proposition 1B funding for the project.
San Bruno and Caltrain staff are now debating plans for an elevated two-track system with the opportunity to expand to four to accommodate high-speed rail. The city already began working to ensure commitments and expectations made to the project previously will be met, Fabry wrote.
The new schedule has the final design finished by January 2010; procurement of needed property by June with underground utility work going on simultaneously; and the award of the construction contract in July. Construction should begin by September 2010, completed by June 2012. There will be street closures, an estimated two weekends per year in 2011 and 2012.
The council meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Senior Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road.
[BATN: See also:
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