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Menlo Park Transportation Commission comments on Facebook Development Agreement, EIR

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:00:37 -0700

Dear Council Members,

Following are comments from the Menlo Park Transportation Commission
regarding the Facebook project EIR and development agreement.

Regarding Facebook’s drivealone goal and trip cap as a transportation
mitigation, we would like to see a phased plan, as used in the San Mateo
Rail Corridor plan, where they set a stronger goal to be required after
Caltrain electrification and the upgrade of the Hillsdale station. For
Facebook, there should be one or more future phase goals if and when there
are major transportation improvements on the Dumbarton corridor and/or
other major initiatives directed by General Plan policies. With stronger
transportation infrastructure, the drivealone mode share should be 40%
(approximately 50% trip reduction) or other goal stronger than today’s goal
as evaluated by staff once specific transportation improvements are
planned.

Regarding the development agreement, we would like to see Facebook commit
fair share contributions to a bicycle network allowing "low-stress"
commuting within a 9 mile radius, making use of the methodology used by
Google to define and proposed to contribute to a "low stress" network for
commuting to their Mountain View campus (see link below). A “low-stress”
route is defined as providing a level of comfort that enables the 60% of
the population that are “interested but concerned” to commute by bicycle.
Our understanding is that there is a consortium of major employers that is
already working on such a bike network for the subregion so this would be a
reasonable ask.

http://altaplanning.com/wp-content/uploads/Google-Bike-Vision-Plan_high_res.pdf

Regarding the pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Bay Front Expressway, we have
questions about maintenance of the crossing and access to the open space.
We would recommend that Facebook maintain the bridge and an public use
easement be granted to the City.


In addition, the city may update its policies regarding the use of
motorized electric bicycles, scooters and boards. We would also urge
Facebook to allow motorized on this facility to the same extent as they are
permitted by the city on the connecting trails and bike lanes.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Adina Levin, for

Menlo Park Transportation Commission

650-646-3444
Received on Tue Jul 19 2016 - 10:07:36 PDT

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