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Rengstorff Avenue grade separation project hit with delays, with construction pushed out to 2025

Original post made on Aug 27, 2021

Mountain View's plans to revamp a complex intersection and separate streets from the Caltrain crossing have hit a snag, with construction now expected to begin long after a spike in train service clogs up traffic.

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Posted by ML Kyle
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 27, 2021 at 4:35 pm

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This project is 30-years behind schedule and 10x the original cost. What a joke.

Posted by Jeremy Hoffman
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Aug 27, 2021 at 6:35 pm

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It'll be great to have an unobstructed crossing, and especially great to not hear those booming freight train horns at night.

The new design looks much better for bike safety. Currently, the bike lanes on Rengstorff simply disappear at the intersection. And some drivers' heads explode when a bike needs to merge into the left turn lane.

Finally, electric, faster, more frequent trains will benefit Mountain View residents who need to go north or south, and hopefully the service will be good enough to replace some car trips for some people, lightening traffic for everyone else.

Posted by SRB
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Aug 27, 2021 at 6:41 pm

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Has Caltrain ever delivered a capital project on time? Electrification delayed yet again recently by another 2 years, this project was described as near shovel ready in 2014! Web Link

Posted by lan
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 27, 2021 at 9:28 pm

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The City of Mountain View gets a C- for city planning. Reactionary, poor planning, lack of foresight, directionless. Rengstorff has been a mess since Google arrived; prior to COVID, good luck getting through many parts of Mountain View during rush hour due to traffic congestion. (was it Lenny Siegel who wrote that he couldn't back out of his own drive way during rush hour?) For those of us living near Rengstorff, I wish us luck getting anywhere once the construction begins.

And now we have super expensive apartment buildings hovering over rundown older apartments, which is creating a weird dynamic in housing. [Though rumor has it the walls are paper thin in these $4000 for one bedroom units]

You would think for a city known for it's world renowned tech companies, some of that smarts would filter into city planning. Apparently not.