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Commute hours cut-through traffic on Woodland and Hamilton/East Crescent

From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:20:12 -0800

Dear Councilmembers of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and East Palo Alto,

The amount of cut-through traffic on winding, residential Woodland Ave
in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park has become absurd. It's
ridiculous in the morning and ludicrous in the evening. It appears
that the majority of the traffic is going to, or coming from, Central
Palo Alto and Stanford from the East Bay via the Dumbarton Bridge and
East Palo Alto. The same exact problem exists in Palo Alto on the
other side of University Avenue for Hamilton Ave and East Crescent
Drive.

Please take a quick moment to see an example of traffic backup maps
and a 45 second video that I have posted on my SmugMug page. Shortcut
at https://goo.gl/IBTJqs It's extremely clear that Central Palo Alto
and Central Menlo Park can not support any more commuter-intensive
development without fixing this already existing traffic mess.

Our Woodland Ave. problem can be visualized like a barbell. The heavy
weight at one end of the barbell is current and future downtown
Stanford, Central Palo Alto and Central Menlo Park developments. The
heavy weight on the other end of the barbell is current and future
Facebook, East Menlo and East Palo Alto developments. The barbell
handle in between these heavy traffic generating developments is
one-lane streets between the heavy ends. In specific University Ave.
in Palo Alto and Willow Road in Menlo Park. Since these primary one
lane streets have become completely gridlocked mornings and evenings,
commute traffic has taken to cutting through our residential streets -
and winding, residential Woodland in specific.

Stanford, the City of Menlo Park, the city of Palo Alto, and the City
of East Palo Alto must decide how to eliminate this traffic crisis. A
lot of this traffic appears to come from the East Bay. One solution is
to have a large parking structure near Facebook and a streetcar (free
with paid parking) that runs frequently along University Ave. to
downtown Palo Alto, Stanford and downtown Menlo Park. We had such a
streetcar line from 1906 through the 1920's See http://goo.gl/ZUHCpo
and https://goo.gl/GRlPV1

My map of the mess is at https://goo.gl/ES6M54 The solid red lines are
the gridlocked primary single lane streets, University and Willow. The
dashed red lines are the impacted residential shortcuts on Woodland
and Hamilton/East Crescent. The green line is the proposed streetcar
line.

Other solutions are very welcome. We elected you. We trust you will
take care of this mess. We must find a solution!

Warm regards,

- Jim Wiley

Woodland Ave., Menlo Park

For reference, developments already approved:

Palo Alto: http://goo.gl/2EGYIc

Menlo Park: http://goo.gl/CneSWr

East Palo Alto: http://goo.gl/pZJEyp
Received on Mon Nov 23 2015 - 22:23:00 PST

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