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Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Study Comments

From: domainremoved <Belle>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 11:21:06 -0700

Dear City Council,

Please accept this email with the corrected letter below.

Best,

Cecilia Taylor


Ms. Melissa Reggiardo

September 30th, 2017

San Mateo County Transit District

P.O. Box 3006 1250

San Carlos Avenue San Carlos, CA 94070


RE: Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Study Comments


Dear Ms. Reggiardo,


Belle Haven Action is a resident-led community organization based in Menlo
Park. The Belle Haven neighborhood houses approximately 20% of Menlo Park’s
current residents and at Belle Haven Action, we believe neighborhood
residents are aware of their most pressing needs, have valuable ideas about
ways to solve them, and need representation in public discourse.


The Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Study is an opportunity to help
positively shape a key part of the Peninsula which currently faces
tremendous pressures. Traffic congestion, lack of housing availability and
affordability, limited access to frequent and convenient transit systems,
and challenges to income mobility for residents who are working in moderate
to low income jobs are just some of the daily facts of life for residents.

Some of the neighborhoods along the corridor, including Belle Haven, are
recovering from decades of disenfranchisement and lack of investment from
the city, county and state in place and people. Making significant changes
to the Dumbarton Corridor has the ability to lessen some of those pressures
and make a positive impact on the daily lives of residents and commuters.

Overall, we welcome a new direction in a more equitable transportation
policy and infrastructure improvements to the corridor, especially ones
that focuses on multimodal transit solutions which would reduce regional
traffic that comes right through our community on Chilco Ave, Hamilton Ave,
Ivy Drive, Newbridge Ave, and Willow Road.


We do have comments and concerns that we would like to raise and speak
further with you about:


• Transit Connections - We are supportive of a multi use corridor that is
public transportation, pedestrian and bicycle friendly and safe. Ideally,
we would like to see significantly improved connections made to Caltrain,
BART and the Capital Corridor so that service is frequent, reliable and
pleasant to use. Our preference is to restrict traffic on the new corridor
to light rail and pedestrian/bike access, restricting vehicular traffic to
existing roads, specifically limited expressways like Bayfront.


• Flyovers - We are concerned that flyovers and express lanes will create
more demand for car travel, thereby increasing commute times and by
extension, making more noise and air pollution. In particular, we are
concerned that traffic will exacerbate existing public transit ridership
challenges because currently bus reliability is dependent on traffic. We
are are also concerned that flyovers might generate lower property values
and generate blight as we have observed homeless encampments under flyovers
in other communities and we know that our community, like that of the
entire region, has a significant issue with housing.


● Additional Access to South 101 - Many of the commuters that cross the
Dumbarton daily are headed to cities south of our community. Historically,
policies in the region have pushed commute traffic to and from the
Dumbarton Bridge onto Willow and Marsh Road in Menlo Park and University
Avenue in East Palo Alto. While it may not be politically feasible, we
would like the study to consider all options for access, including access
via Palo Alto.


We are eager to see changes to the Dumbarton Corridor that will make it
safer and more pleasant for all to live, work and play in Menlo Park and
the surrounding towns. Our community, at the edge of the Dumbarton Bridge,
is at the epicenter of upcoming growth and development and is poised to
experience increased challenges with the promise of a growing economy.
Steps to alleviate pressures facing our community-- a community that has
disproportionately carried the burden of past transportation decisions--
would have a direct improvement on our quality of life, provided that our
concerns are addressed.


Given that the updating and augmenting of the Dumbarton Corridor provides a
valuable opportunity to alleviate significant daily transit, mobility and
environmental pressures for hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents, we
welcome a continued conversation with SamTrans and other stakeholders to
explore this further.


Thank you.


Sincerely,

Cecilia Taylor, Founder

Belle Haven Action
Received on Sun Oct 01 2017 - 11:26:24 PDT

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