The Cities of San Bruno and South San Francisco have partnered to sponsor a project to study the creation of grade separations at the railroad crossings located at Scott Street in San Bruno and South Linden Avenue in South San Francisco. Grade separations improve safety, reduce the need for train horns, and improve traffic flow by completely separating train traffic from vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. The Scott Street crossing is the last railroad crossing in San Bruno that is not grade separated.
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board recently adopted a long-range service vision that will seek to significantly increase Caltrain service over the next twenty years. In the future, High Speed Rail trains will also be using the Caltrain tracks on the Peninsula. Here are some statistics related to these changes:
The total number of trains traveling in both directions will increase from 10 per hour to 24 per hour during weekday peak service times
The total number of trains traveling in both directions will increase from 92 per day to 398 per day on weekdays
The amount of time the crossing gates will be down at Scott Street will increase from 10 minutes out of each hour to 19 minutes out of each hour during weekday peak service times
To mitigate the effects that the increase in trains will have on safety, traffic, and noise, the City of San Bruno is exploring options for a grade separation at Scott Street.
The project is currently in the final stages of the Planning Study phase. The purpose of the Planning Study is to evaluate options for creating the grade separations and select a single preferred alternative for the project that will move forward for environmental review and design.
Upcoming Project Related Public Events
In the regular November 24, 2020 City Council meeting, direction will be requested on the preferred pedestrian/bike crossing type at Scott Street. This will be the last direction needed to complete the project study report for the planning phase.