Sunnyvale Ave Caltrain Undercrossing
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What is the Sunnyvale Avenue Undercrossing?
By 2020, there will be 4x the number of trains crossing the intersection per day, as much as one train every five minutes.
This will lead to more crossing delays, more train horns, and higher chances of collisions.
To solve these problems, the city of Sunnyvale is planning to lower Sunnyvale Ave below the tracks
What options are being considered?
1) Bicycle & Pedestrian Only Underpass
An undercrossing only for pedestrians and cyclists. Vehicles would cross the tracks on Mathilda or Fair Oaks Avenues
Would create a safe, convenient, and comfortable way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the tracks
Calms traffic both in downtown and along Sunnyvale Ave
Nearby Mathilda and Fair Oaks are already designed to handle large vehicle volumes, and will continue to allow easy motorist access between neighborhoods north of the tracks and downtown.
Endorsed by the Sunnyvale Downtown Association
2) Vehicle Tunnel
A massive undercrossing for vehicles, with limited access to the Caltrain station and to Evelyn Ave.
Would make turning between Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale Ave, and Hendy Ave impossible
Creates traffic circulation problems downtown, increasing traffic on Washington Ave and other side streets.
Pedestrians and cyclists would have to travel 400-1200 ft more just to cross the tracks
Option 1 is the best for Sunnyvale's future
Building this option would improve transportation for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists alike, as well as creating a more livable city on both sides of the tracks. The other option would not.
How you can help:
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It's indirect for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers, who would have to travel 400-1200 ft more just to cross the tracks from Evelyn Ave.
3) Speak at the city council meeting on Sept 27th
Speak during the public comment session at the Sunnyvale City Council meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Sept 27th (zoom link). The agenda item should come up at 7:30 pm or later, and public comment will open 1-1.5 hours after that.