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North Fair Oaks Bicycle and Pedestrian Railroad Crossing and Community Connections Study

The County of San Mateo is working on the North Fair Oaks Bicycle and Pedestrian Railroad Crossing and Community Connections Study to assess the potential for a pedestrian and bicycle railroad crossing over or under the Caltrain tracks, making it easier to walk and bike in North Fair Oaks. The Study will also explore potential bicycle and pedestrian improvements on local streets that provide connections to the new rail crossing and local destinations on both sides of the tracks. The Study team seeks to develop a community-guided plan that reflects the priorities of the North Fair Oaks community and defines a path forward for implementing the improvements. The Study team includes County staff, community organizations (Redwood City Together and Nuestra Casa), and consultants.

The Study area is located within the unincorporated community of North Fair Oaks.  The boundaries of the Study area are Middlefield Road to the north, 5th Avenue to the east, El Camino Real to the south and the unincorporated County/Redwood City limit to the west.

Map of study area in North Fair Oaks showing the Caltrain corridor.

Why are we conducting this Study?

The North Fair Oaks Community and part of adjacent Redwood City is separated by the four-track Caltrain Railroad Corridor. The railroad tracks separate residents from local destinations that include, but aren’t limited to, community facilities and services, schools, shopping, and local bus service. There is a need for enhanced and connected bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

According to the Unincorporated San Mateo County Active Transportation Plan (ATP), North Fair Oaks has both the highest potential demand for walking and biking and the highest concentration of bicycle and pedestrian collisions per square mile of all San Mateo County unincorporated communities. Making streets easier to walk and bicycle on and making it easier to get to destinations with a new bicycle and pedestrian railroad crossing could help reduce collisions.

The Study aims to develop a community-guided plan to build a comfortable and convenient connection for people walking and biking across the rail corridor in North Fair Oaks that will:

  • Expand choices for traveling without a car
  • Reduce serious injuries and fatalities
  • Promote opportunities for physical activity
  • Improve access to existing bus service
  • Improve air quality and have a positive impact on the environment
  • Improve connections to and from the North Fair Oaks community and neighborhoods
  • Improve access to businesses on either side of the Caltrain railroad tracks
  • Support opportunities to make streets better for bicycling and walking
Timeline of Study starting in 2022 going into winter of 2024. 2022 focuses on existing conditions and development of alternatives, 2023 includes preferred alternatives and a draft study with the final report being published in winter 2024.

Looking to provide feedback on this Study?

Outreach Events

The following is a table of community engagement activities that have taken place as part of the first phase of outreach. We thank community members that have already engaged with us to share their feedback on travel needs and priorities to improve pedestrian and bicycle access, including a potential new crossing of the Caltrain tracks in the our Study area. 

    Completed Events
    Saturday, June 11Casa Circulo, 3090 Middlefield Road
    Saturday, June 11Hoover Park, 2100 Spring Street
    Monday, June 13Chavez Supermarket, 3282 Middlefield Road
    Wednesday, June 15North Fair Oaks Library, 2510 Middlefield Road
    Wednesday, June 22Verbo Family Services, 2798 Bay Road
    Wednesday, June 22Familias Unidas Virtual Presentation
    Thursday, June 23North Fair Oaks Community Council Virtual Presentation
    Friday, June 24Willow Market, 37 Willow Street
    Saturday, June 25Siena Youth Center, 2625 Marlborough Ave
    *Note: This is a combination pop-up at the start of the event followed by a community bike ride. To learn more and to register, visit: www.tinyurl.com/NFObici
    Tuesday, June 28Mi Rancho Supermarket, 150 Charter Street
    Tuesday, June 30Chavez Supermarket, 46 5th Ave
    Friday, July 8St. Anthony's, 3500 Middlefield Road

We look forward to continue meeting and engaging with community members during our next phase of outreach this coming winter 2023. In the meantime, you can continue to share thoughts, comments and ask questions by sending us an e-mail at: OOS_NFOwalkbikesmc@smcgov.org  

This Study is being made possible through a Caltrans Sustainable Communities Grant as part of a financial partnership between the County of San Mateo and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Study Documents 

Phase 1 Engagement Summary
Existing Conditions Memo
August 18, 2022 Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Project Update Presentation

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