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Stronger trip reduction, sustainability measures for Stanford project

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:25:18 -0700

Dear Council Members,

As a resident near Menlo Park’s downtown, I eagerly look forward to
additional mixed use development on El Camino Real fulfilling the goals of
the city’s longstanding plan, and moving forward the bike/pedestrian
crossing of the Caltrain tracks which will become a key connection for the
city.

Given the location and the developer, it is reasonable to expect stronger
sustainable transportation and other sustainability measures for 500 El
Camino Real.

The TDM plan’s strategies are proposed to achieve a reduction in
drive-alone trips of 6 to 10%. This is much lower than the 25% trip
reduction standards used for the City of San Mateo’s Rail Corridor Plan
(Hillsdale to Hayward Park) and Mountain View’s San Antonio Plan. Those
plans cover locations that are similar in terms of access to Caltrain and
to bus service, in mixed use areas with housing, jobs and services.
Another similarity is that these areas include office developments built
without tenants that are known in advance, and that are expected to be
multi-tenant.

Stanford has demonstrated capability to provide transportation demand
management services resulting in 50% drivealone mode share for employees.
The current environmental impact report projects that Stanford’s own
developments are expected to result in workers driving 74% less than the
regional average, and residents driving 36% less than the regional average
(see table attached; the SB743 threshold is 15% below the regional average).

I would urge you to set the TDM goal for 500 El Camino Real to the 25%
reduction level expected in the San Mateo Rail Corridor Plan and Mountain
View San Antonio Plan. Valuable strategies to achieve these goals include
paid parking for workers and unbundled parking for residents. Reducing the
subsidy for parking helps balance the incentives for driving and other
modes.

In addition, I would urge Stanford and the 1300 ECR development to become
the “anchor tenants” for a downtown Transportation Management Association
focused on reducing vehicle trips in the downtown/ECR area including the
city center facilities. Palo Alto’s Transportation Management Association
has just announced that in its first year of pilot programs it has been
able to achieve a 10 percentage point reduction in the drivealone rate for
service workers, with programs tailored based on research regarding the
needs of downtown workers. This approach would bring the opportunity to
reduce car trips and traffic not only for these developments but for the
downtown as a whole.

http://www.greencaltrain.com/2017/08/palo-alto-reduces-downtown-service-worker-drivealone-rate-by-10-percentage-points/

These measures will help with local quality of life and environmental
sustainability, since transportation is the largest source of greenhouse
gas emissions. To further advance environmental sustainability would
urge the city to require this development to meet the 100% renewable energy
requirement included in the General Plan.

Thank you for your consideration.

Adina Levin
Menlo Park resident
650-646-4344
Received on Tue Aug 29 2017 - 13:27:37 PDT

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