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 August 27 – 28 and August 30 – September 2, 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:
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: email@example.com .
On Saturday, August 20 PG&E crews will be installing the inline inspection launcher on the new pipeline within PG&E's Geneva Substation. As part of this work PG&E will be venting natural gas to clear the line for welding to occur. Depending on work progress the small natural gas release will occur between 4:00 am and 6:00 am at the corner of Geneva Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard. The release is only about 600 feet of pipe, so it should go quickly.
Depending on work progress later Saturday afternoon (between 3 pm and 6 pm) PG&E's project team will purge the line to 100% natural gas in putting it into service. PG&E's team has made contact with the businesses in proximity to the work.
Scheduled Dates: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Work to be completed: Release of Natural Gas to Atmosphere
Approximate Time: between 4 am and 6 am; between 3 pm and 6 pm (depending on work progress)
Duration: 20 minutes and then 12 to 16 hours with air movers; 15 minutes for the purging
Location: Venting at Geneva Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard; Air Movers at Geneva and Bayshore Boulevard
PG&E want to ensure residents are provided with the most up-to-date information, but please note these times are subject to change.
Depending on the location of gas venting and weather patterns, there may be a smell of natural gas. The pipeline is cleared of gas utilizing a safe and common technique. As part of PG&E's normal protocol, PG&E's will continue to notify the appropriate public safety agencies, businesses and residents of this work. PG&E is taking steps to mitigate noise and odor and have scheduled the work to create the least impact possible, however it is likely that the work will result in some noise and odor.
PG&E's customer care team will be notifying customers in proximity to the release by automated calls this evening.
Safety is PG&E's top priority and PG&E encourages any resident who has questions or concerns about the smell of gas to call PG&E 24 hours a day at 1-800-743-5000 or call 9-1-1 immediately.
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First Time Homebuyer Workshops in September 2016- Register Now
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Ever wonder what exactly a county does? Curious to tour a hospital, learn about sustainability efforts or meet a K-9? Want the chance to ask the Department of Public Works long-burning questions about infrastructure and sewer maintenance?
If so, then the County of San Mateo has the place for you. In September, Civics 101 kicks off its free nine-week series of courses centered around County government and is currently recruiting for the 2016 session. Participants learn about local government, meet local officials and tour County facilities. Many former graduates have used Civics 101 as a springboard to leadership roles in their own communities and to serve in important roles on County and regional boards and commissions.
Civics 101 is open to individuals 18 and older who live or work in San Mateo County.
Classes will be held Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. between Sept. 14 and Nov. 9 in locations throughout San Mateo County. One or two Saturday morning sessions from 10 a.m. to noon will also be held on dates to be determined.
The 2016 schedule is subject to change but topics include: a County overview, the justice system, community services, the Health System and San Mateo Medical Center tour, a K-9 demonstration, the Human Services Agency and tour of the Shoreway Environmental Center, budget overview, countywide initiatives and behind-the-scenes with supervisorial staff. The academy concludes with a sit-down dinner and graduation ceremony.
Applications will be accepted through Aug. 23, 2016. Seating is limited and early submission is encouraged. The application form and more information, including exact class locations, are available at http://cmo.smcgov.org/civics-101-academy or by contacting Eric Forgaard, civic engagement and public outreach specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-363-4657. Applicants will be notified of their enrollment status by Aug. 25, 2016.