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Posted on: January 3, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Caltrain Beginning Night Work in Atherton


On Monday, January 6, 2014, Caltrain will begin working on the stretch of railroad track between Watkins Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue. The work will take place at night, and may generate noise that will exceed the acceptable decibel levels.

This work will begin on January 6, and is scheduled to be completed tentatively by January 30th. The work will take place during the weekdays, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8PM and 6AM.

If you have any further questions regarding this work, you can call the on site supervisor at (916) 439-4367.

This work is part of the Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) Project which is an advanced signal system that will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology. The project extends from San Jose to San Francisco. This project will increase safety by:

• Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
• Reducing the risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
• Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
• Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve traffic circulation

The nature of the work includes identifying utility cables, digging a small trench and boring close to the tracks within the Caltrain right-of-way, and installation of fiber optic cable. Adjacent residents may experience some minor installation noise during construction along with the necessary construction lighting. Caltrain is sensitive to these potential impacts and inconvenience caused by this work.

For more information, please contact the dedicated Project Hotline @ 650-508-6499. Additional information and project updates are available at

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