North Fair Oaks Bicycle and Pedestrian Railroad Crossing and Community Connections Study
What is this 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 and part of adjacent Redwood City. The Study will also explore potential bicycle and pedestrian improvements on local streets in North Fair Oaks 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 organization Nuestra Casa, and consultants.
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.
What are the goals of this Study?
The Study aims to create options for a new pedestrian and bicycle crossing that brings the following benefits to the community:
- Access: Improved access for people walking, rolling, and biking across the rail corridor and nearby neighborhoods.
- Safety: Safer and well-lit public spaces that are comfortable and inviting for people of all ages and abilities.
- Equity: Improvements for people traveling without a car that reflect community priorities and achieve local and regional sustainability goals with no housing displacement.
- Community Design: Sense of community through attractive public spaces, public art, and structures.
- Constructability: Minimal construction impacts on the community and feasible project budget.
What is the Study timeline?
Where are the railroad crossing options in the Study Area?
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.
Option A Dumbarton Avenue Tunnel is shown in purple. Option B Dumbarton Avenue Bridge is shown in blue. Option C Middlefield Junction Bridge is shown in orange. More details are available in the “Crossing and Community Connection Options” PDF attachment under Study Documents.
Looking to provide feedback on this Study?
We thank community members that engaged with us during the first two phases of outreach in summer 2022 and spring 2023. Shared feedback on travel needs and priorities, as well as the three rail crossing options with potential bicycle and pedestrian improvements on local streets, is being used to inform the Study. The Phase 1 and 2 Engagement Summaries can be found under Study Documents. The following is a table of completed community engagement activities.
|Wednesday, April 19, 2023||Familias Unidas Virtual Presentation|
|Friday, April 14, 2023||Verbo Family Services, 2789 Bay Road|
|Wednesday, April 12, 2023||Open House at Casa Circulo Cultural, 3090 Middlefield Road|
|Monday, April 10, 2023||Mi Tienda Market, 812 5th Avenue|
|Monday, April 10, 2023||Jornaleros Labores, 3282 Middlefield Road|
|Friday, April 7, 2023||Hoover Elementary School Cafecito Presentation, 701 Charter Street|
|Thursday, April 6, 2023||Sequoia Adult School Presentation, 3247 Middlefield Road|
|Thursday, April 6, 2023||Siena Youth Center,
2625 Marlborough Avenue
|Wednesday, April 5, 2023||Casa Circulo Cultural, 3090 Middlefield Road|
|Saturday/Sunday, April 1-2, 2023||Neighborhood canvassing on the north/south sides of the Caltrain Tracks|
|Sunday, April 2, 2023||Verbo Church, 2789 Bay Road|
|Thursday, March 30, 2023||Willow Market, 37 Willow Street|
|Monday, March 27, 2023||Jornaleros Laborers and Samaritan House Free Clinic, 114 5th Avenue|
|Friday, March 24, 2023||North Fair Oaks Library and Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road|
|Friday, March 17, 2023||Fair Oaks Health Center Community Day, 2710 Middlefield Road|
|Friday, July 8, 2022||St. Anthony's, 3500 Middlefield Road|
|Tuesday, June 30, 2022||Chavez Supermarket, 46 5th Ave|
|Tuesday, June 28, 2022||Mi Rancho Supermarket, 150 Charter Street|
|Saturday, June 25, 2022||Siena 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
|Friday, June 24, 2022||Willow Market, 37 Willow Street|
|Thursday, June 23, 2022||North Fair Oaks Community Council Virtual Presentation|
|Wednesday, June 22, 2022||Familias Unidas Virtual Presentation|
|Wednesday, June 22, 2022||Verbo Family Services, 2798 Bay Road|
|Wednesday, June 15, 2022||North Fair Oaks Library, 2510 Middlefield Road|
|Monday, June 13, 2022||Chavez Supermarket, 3282 Middlefield Road|
|Saturday, June 11, 2022||Casa Circulo, 3090 Middlefield Road|
|Saturday, June 11, 2022||Hoover Park, 2100 Spring Street|
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).
- Round 2 Engagement Summary
- June 15, 2023 Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Project Second Update Presentation
- Rail Crossing and Community Connection Options
- Goals and Evaluation Criteria Memo
- Round 1 Engagement Summary
- Existing Conditions Memorandum
- August 18, 2022 Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Project Update Presentation
- Study Outreach Video
Link to other County web pages for ongoing projects in North Fair Oaks: