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General Plan--Traffic Mitigations

From: domainremoved <Rachel>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:28:44 +0000 (UTC)

To the Menlo Park City Council,
I would like to urge you to refine the General Plan update to better address citywide traffic issues. As a resident of Suburban Park, I have witnessed an extraordinary growth in traffic on Bay Road in the last few years. The back up at Bay Road and Ringwood Avenue stretches up to 50 cars at 8 am weekday mornings. The wait on Bay Road to get onto Willow Road at 5 pm is 20 minutes. This is in addition to increased traffic that I have witnessed throughout the city.
This traffic growth has occurred in the absence of the proposed development allowed under the General Plan update. I am fearful of what further development will mean for the Bay Road neighborhoods (and for Menlo Park in general) without real traffic mitigations. Much of the traffic on Bay Road, especially in the afternoon, is a spillover from the back up on Marsh and Willow Roads.  
I understand that the General Plan Update includes some specific traffic mitigations, but sense that these are inadequate to address the traffic issues presented by further development in the M-2 area. Correspondingly, I encourage you to refine the General Plan update to require specific plans for execution of transportation improvements BEFORE approving more office space. It is not enough to merely hope for regional transportation improvements in the future to solve our traffic problems today.
I am hopeful that Menlo Park can lead the way in driving smart development by linking development approval to an actionable, measurable plan for simultaneous transportation improvements. 
Sincerely,
Rachel Scheuring117 Bay RoadMenlo Park, CA  94025(650) 321-3552
Received on Mon Nov 21 2016 - 16:33:18 PST

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