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Transportation & Housing Items on City Council's Agenda Tonight

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2017 01:19:17 +0000

Dear Council Members and staff,
Because the meeting tonight may go late, I’d like to share comments on a few items over email.

  1. H2. Authorize the City Manager to submit a list of transportation projects to be considered for inclusion in the Get Us Moving San Mateo County Expenditure Plan

  2. We are very pleased to see a well thought out list of projects proposed for the GUM ballot measure, focused on improving mobility, expanding transit, and creating safe bike routes. Thank you for pro-actively preparing a strong project list for Menlo Park that will create effective alternatives to driving, cut traffic, and reduce pollution.

H3. Authorize submittal of a comment letter on the Final Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Study

  1. We appreciate that SamTrans is planning a “Technical Refinement” to this study to consider the potential for a multi-use (bike & pedestrian) trail on the Dumbarton Corridor. We strongly support the excellent draft letter proposed by City of Menlo Park staff and appreciate the consistent engagement on this important project. Because the congestion along and adjacent to the Corridor is so extreme, we recommend the following addition to the City’s letter to support development of transportation alternatives along the corridor, while the study continues:

  * SamTrans should explore opportunities with partners to strengthen Transportation Demand Management (TDM) measures on the corridor, to improve mobility and relieve congestion. The partners can include local TDM programs and Transportation Management Associations representing high-traffic destinations (Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Stanford, Redwood City, Mountain View, Sunnyvale), Commute.org, and major corridor employers.
  * Dumbarton Corridor TDM investments could include transit pass discounts for low income workers, students & seniors, concierge services to help commuters choose nondriving options, shuttles where needed, and more.

I1. El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan-Maximum Allowable Development

It’s great to see that the city has done a good job building new housing downtown, particularly with new mixed use and transit oriented developments. New housing that puts people close to where they work, popular destinations, and high quality transit, is known to be one of the most effective ways to cut traffic congestion and the pollution that comes with traffic. The downtown area is one of the best places in Menlo Park to add new housing for that reason. We encourage the City to raise the allowable development limits to increase housing density downtown. This helps support a vibrant downtown with more public transit options (that are dependent on ridership/density); and a pleasant, walkable and bikeable community.

I2. Update on bus shelter installations in Belle Haven

Many thanks to the City of Menlo Park for taking the lead and pursuing the installation of much needed bus shelters in Belle Haven, in the face of delays from SamTrans. Congratulations on continued progress installing new shelters!

Warm regards,
Diane Bailey

Diane Bailey | Executive Director
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