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RE: Laurel Bus options

From: Nagaya, Nicole H <"Nagaya,>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:59:43 +0000

Dear all:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on potential busing to the new Laurel Upper School. As you noted, the City is considering an agreement with the Menlo Park City School District regarding access to the new campus, specifically at Oak Court. However, the proposed agreement would not cancel any existing bus service and does not limit the number of buses beyond what the School District has already proposed in its environmental review of the new school. The agreement would reiterate the planned operation and access of the Oak Court gate, as defined by the School District, to (1) exclude private vehicles (parents, teachers, staff accessing the parking lot) and (2) include pedestrian/bicycles, a limited number of buses (including those for field trips), potential future shuttle service, emergency vehicles, and service vehicles.

For the actual text excerpts from the “Operation” and “Circulation and Parking” subheadings of the Project Description from the environmental documents prepared by the School District, please see the staff report prepared for the 8/30/2016 City Council meeting:


Nicole H. Nagaya, PE
Transportation Manager
City of Menlo Park

From: Archna Patel [mailto:archnapatel_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 7:31 PM
To: JChild_at_(domainremoved)d.org; JLambert_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Laurel Bus options

Dear the MPCSD and MP City Council Members,

I am a Laurel parent and Menlo Park resident. It has come to my attention that the Oak Court gate located at the far side of the Upper Laurel parking lot may only be allowed to open once in the morning and once in the afternoon for one school bus (the Tinsley bus). While I am sympathetic to those who live along Oak Court who wish to keep their street quiet, it is crucial that the gate be allowed to be used as needed, by Laurel School, for the following reasons:

  * Busing will make the streets around Upper Laurel safer for everyone, including those who live along Oak Court (school bus drivers must pass a rigorous driving test and they follow the highest driving protocols).

  * The only way for buses to be able to drop off and pick up students at Upper Laurel is to use the Oak Court gate (neither Elliott Drive nor the parking lot are wide enough to allow buses to turn around).

  * The alternatives to having buses use the Oak Court gate would be buses picking up and dropping off kids on busy neighborhood streets and then having the kids navigate to school by foot.

  * If residents are not given the option to ride the bus to school, there will be more kids being driven, more cars on the road, and more traffic on our streets.
  * Buses are needed for field trips.
As part of a larger Safe Routes program, busing to Upper Laurel should be increased, not decreased! Please make sure that our kids, and the future Laurel kids, have the opportunity to bus to school.

Thank you for your consideration,
Archna Mehta
Received on Tue Aug 30 2016 - 14:05:48 PDT

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