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

From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:14:27 -0800

Dear council members,

The enclosed chart, online at goo.gl/AyA9gh, documents the extent of
what appears to be primarrly commuter cut through traffic on Woodland
Avenue in Menlo Park. This commuter cut through traffic seems to
occurs in the afternoon whenever University Avenue in East Palo Alto
and Palo Alto, and Willow Road in Menlo Park, are backed up on the way
to the Dumbarton Bridge. The same traffic overflow impacts appears on
other residential streets in the Willows and Crescent Park. As the
data shows, the commute traffic problem occurs to a lesser degree in
the morning.

As you can see, compared to the weekends, the weekday afternoon
commute peak adds over 250 additional cars per hour, over 4 cars per
minute, to our residential street. Needless to say, this overflow
traffic is quite unpleasant and is changing the relative quiet of our
neighborhood streets.

When one adds the traffic in both directions, Woodland Avenue traffic
is over 450 vehicles per hour, about 8 cars per minute, during the
peak afternoon commute hour.

The cities of East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Palo Alto need to work
together to solve this residential street overflow traffic problem.
Perhaps Palo Alto, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto (via proportional
taxes on new developments and existing business) should build a huge
parking structure close to the Dumbarton Bridge and open up University
Ave, originally a four lane road, to a dedicated bus lane?

The enclosed data documents a serious residential street commute
traffic problem. We have downtown parking problems overflowing into
residential streets. These problems are only going to get worse with
continued development in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto. If
we don't provide remote parking and public transport, and Palo Alto
reduces commuter parking over the next 10 years as planned, people are
going to increasingly park on the nearest residential streets... in
Menlo Park.

Where is the public forum where these local but multi-city-regional
traffic and parking problems can be addressed and fixed?

Warm regards,

- Jim

On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 10:20 PM, Jim Wiley <jim.wiley_at_(domainremoved)
> 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

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Received on Mon Feb 29 2016 - 11:19:46 PST

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