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Caltrain Construction Work

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Since April of 2015, Caltrain has been performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system. 

On May 20-22 and May 24-27, Caltrain will be conducting safety tests on the corridor as part of the final phase of implementing the Advanced Signal System Project.  To test the Advanced Signal System, including the roadway crossings, a test train will run through the corridor between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Tests are conducted at night to avoid disruption of most of regular train service and properly record the results.  Neighbors may experience standard gate crossing noise and horns during this time and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019.  An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.

To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service.  Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015.  Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

Skatepark now OPEN!

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The wait is over...the newly remodeled Brisbane Skatepark is now open! Spohn Ranch completed construction earlier than anticipated and as of Friday, May 20th, the Skatepark is officially open for public use. The City will host a formal Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, June 11th. Further details to come regarding the event but in the meantime, it is our pleasure to invite you out to view the donor bricks and explore the new Skatepark!

 

National Public Works Week

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Since 1960, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has sponsored National Public Works Week.  Across North America, more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve everyday quality of life.

At the Thursday, May 19 City Council meeting, the Public Works Department will be present to receive a Proclamation from the Council declaring May 15-21, 2016 as Public Works Week.

The 2016 National Public Works Week Poster theme is "Public Works Always There." This theme showcases the pervasiveness of the men and women of the profession who are always there and always ready to serve their communities.

Thank you, Department of Public Works, for truly living this year's theme out!










Our Public Works Dept. receiving a Proclamation for National Public Works Week (May 15-21, 2016) from Mayor Lentz at the 5/19 City Council meeting. Thank you for being "Always There" as this year's theme declares, and always being ready to serve your community.
 

Climate Fact #20

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

For further reading:
https://www.llnl.gov/news/atmospheric-warming-altering-ocean-salinity-and-water-cycle

Eyesight Conservation Program

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Did you know that the Brisbane Lions Club provides eye exams and glasses for anyone who's not able to afford them, so long as they live or work in town?  This is what is known as their Eyesight Conservation Program, where the Lions are truly Knights for the Blind.  To fund this program, the Lions Club takes donations on White Cane Day, which is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964.  The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.  Come early October, you'll see Brisbane Lions Club members taking donations on Visitacion beginning in the wee hours of the morning.

Also, if you have an old pair of glasses, the Lions Club will gladly take them off your hands.  You can turn them in to the Lions Club via the drop box at Melissa's Taqueria.  For any questions about the Lions' Eyesight Conservation Program, please contact them at brisbanelionsclub@gmail.com.

Bike to Shop Day

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Like Bike to Work Day, Bike to Shop Day is an annual program that encourages people to ride bicycles for everyday transportation as part of National Bike Month celebrations.  This day is a one-day promotion to encourage people to shop by bike at local businesses.  Bike to Shop Day for Silicon Valley is May 21, 2016.

Shopping by bike is a great way for people to have fun and get a little exercise while taking care of daily or weekly errands.  Unlike most work commutes, most errands are local trips of under 2 miles.  That’s less than 15 minutes of bicycling for most people and only about 5 minutes more than a trip by car.  Other benefits include:

  • Shopping by bike is an easy way to get the 30 minutes a day of exercise that health professionals recommend.  Plus you’re “double dipping” by using errand time for exercise.
  • Bike parking is usually closer to the shop door.  It’s great to roll up to premium parking.
  • Since you buy only what you can carry, there’s less temptation to buy more than you need.
  • Many bike shoppers come home feeling energized instead of feeling drained, especially after a long chain of errands.

Melissa’s Taqueria, Julie’s Deli and Subway are participating in Bike to Shop Day 2016, with each offering a 10% discount to bikers that visit their shops on May 21st during their normal operating hours.  Have fun double-dipping!

Climate Fact #19

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

For further reading:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/23/california-public-school-textbooks-mislead-students-climate-study-says

Climate Fact #18

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

For further reading:

http://appvoices.org/end-mountaintop-removal/

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Existing_U.S._Coal_Plants

 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/5/2016


Virginia (Esther) Fassett
1921 – 2016
Forever in Our Hearts
Memorial Saturday 5/7, 415.597.6910


Posted 5/3/2016


Brisbane Hosts 22nd Annual
Bike to Work Day Thursday, May 12, 2016
Info: www.commute.org


San Bruno Mountain Watch
Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 14th, 9am – 2pm
Miss. Blue Nursery, 3401 Bayshore Blvd.

Bike to Work Day

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The 22nd Annual Bike to Work Day takes place on Thursday, May 12th.  Brisbane will again be hosting two Energizer Stations - one at Bayshore Blvd. & Old County Rd., and the other at Tunnel Ave & Lagoon Way, between 6:15am - 9:30am.  For more information about Bike to Work Day 2016, please visit www.commute.org.  If you'd like to volunteer at one of Brisbane's two Energizer Stations that morning, please send an e-mail to bike2work@commute.org.