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  by lpetrich
 
The document also mentions the California Public Utilities Commission's priority list of grade crossings, and a section on city governments' plans. I'll take the previously-mentioned lists, remove the existing grade crossings, and indicate which ones are planned or under study. I won't try to distinguish the various stages of planning.

San Francisco has a proposed Pennsylvania Ave. tunnel which would grade-separate Mission Bay Dr. and 16th St.

In San Mateo County:
  • South San Francisco - Linden Ave. - Planning
  • San Bruno - Scott Ave. - Planning
  • Millbrae - Center St., Hillcrest Blvd.
  • Burlingame - Broadway - Final Design: 2023, CPUC 1st
  • Burlingame - Oak Grove Ave., North Ln., Howard Ave., Bayswater Ave., Peninsula Ave., Villa Terr., Bellevue Ave.
  • San Mateo - 1st Ave., 2nd Ave., 3rd Ave., 4th Ave. 5th Ave., 9th Ave.
  • Redwood City - Whipple Ave., Hopkins Ave., Brewster Ave., Broadway - Planning, CPUC 5th
  • Redwood City - Maple St., Main St., Chestnut St. - Planning
  • Atherton - Fair Oak Ln., Watkins Ave., Encinal Ave.
  • Menlo Park - Glenwood Ave., Oak Grove Ave., Ravenswood Ave. - Planning, CPUC 7th
In Santa Clara County:
  • Palo Alto - Palo Alto Ave. -- Planning (my earlier Alma St. is a mistake)
  • Palo Alto - Churchill Ave. -- Planning
  • Palo Alto - Meadow St., Charleston Rd. -- Planning
  • Mountain View - Rengstorff Ave. - Planning, CPUC 9th
  • Mountain View - Castro St. - Planning, CPUC 14th
  • Sunnyvale - Mary Ave. - Planning
  • Sunnyvale - Sunnyvale Ave. - Planning
  • San Jose - Auzerais Ave., Virginia St. - Planning, CPUC 12th
  • San Jose (UP line) - Skyway Dr, Branham Ln, Chynoweth Ave - Planning, CPUC 19th
  by lpetrich
 
As to the planning process sometimes taking a long time, there is a reason for doing careful planning. It's much cheaper to catch design problems early in design than late in design or construction or operation. To quote from David Gerrold's "The World of Star Trek" (about the original series),
Gene L. Coon, line producer for STAR TREK, and the only man other than Roddenberry who could make the show work on a regular basis, has said, “All of your production problems can be solved best in the typewriter. They can be solved a lot cheaper and faster than they can on the set.”
Related to this is German planners' slogan Organisation vor Elektronik vor Beton: organization before electronics before concrete - Philadelphia Link, or Organization Before Concrete | Pedestrian Observations
  by kitchin
 
My grandmother and her friends solved a lot of problems with their typewriters. Not all battles were won, but they were fought urgently. They also played bridge to keep sharp, and when one could no longer play due to age, was no longer invited and suffered from the deprivation. (The same thing neurologists, do: baseline, semi-annual followup, often forgotten by the patient, but the billing clerk still clicking the Medicare button.) Different times, some lessons. "Don't mourn, organize" my generation said, and "think globally, act locally," but were often overcome by economics and geographic dislocation.
  by lpetrich
 
There are several grade crossings that seem to have no planning for grade separation or closing. They are all in San Mateo County:
  • Millbrae - Center St., Hillcrest Blvd.
  • Burlingame - Oak Grove Ave., North Ln., Howard Ave., Bayswater Ave., Peninsula Ave., Villa Terr., Bellevue Ave.
  • San Mateo - 1st Ave., 2nd Ave., 3rd Ave., 4th Ave. 5th Ave., 9th Ave.
  • Atherton - Fair Oak Ln., Watkins Ave., Encinal Ave.
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