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Caltrain kiosks

From: domainremoved <Francesca>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:04:02 -0800

Hi City Council,

You have the opportunity to make Menlo the innovation leader in transit oriented development in downtown Menlo Park. Please approve more housing and businesses downtown and keep making room for bikes.

Please see proposal below...

Thanks,

Francesca
650-644-7707
700 Menlo Oaks Dr.

Sent from my iPhone

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> From: Francesca Segre <francesca.segre_at_(domainremoved)
> Date: June 5, 2017 at 3:23:14 PM PDT
> To: Rich Gordon <gordon4ca_at_(domainremoved)
> Subject: Caltrain kiosks
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> Ok, so it's not a huge leap, but I've moved from talking about this, to writing a letter about it. I'll let you know if I can get some traction. I would love to help make this happen.
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> Hope you guys are having a good day!
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> Francesca
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> From: Francesca Segre <francesca.segre_at_(domainremoved)
> Date: Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 3:20 PM
> Subject: Re: kiosks/vendors at CalTrain Stations
> To: "Cardona, Gary" <cardonag_at_(domainremoved)
> Cc: "O'Donnell, Michael" <odonnellm_at_(domainremoved)
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> June 5, 2017
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> Dear Mr. O’Donnell and Mr. Cardona,
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> Thank you for responding to my inquiry regarding the potential for kiosks or vendors at CalTrain stations. As I explained to Mr. Cardona, I am a big fan of public transit and have lived in countries (Singapore, France, England) where train stations are vibrant commercial destinations -- reflections of the region’s energy. People are drawn to the stations for products and services even when they don’t need to ride a train. A dynamic train station can encourage economic development and public transit ridership.
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> I think CalTrain has much untapped real estate potential at its stations that, if developed, could help transform CalTrain into a lively, modern transit service that could help stabilize CalTrain’s budget.
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> I understand that each week, roughly one potential vendor approaches your real estate office with a station development proposal. I understand that these vendors are generally turned away out of concern for the safety hazard their business could pose; a coffee or donut vendor could cause a crowd on a platform, obstruct the flow of pedestrian traffic, and create an unnecessary safety risk just inches from the tracks where trains blow by at 79mph. Litter on the tracks is also a safety concern (see CalTrain Design Criteria attachment).
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> But I believe it is high time to refresh, and look for alternative and safe approaches to development at the stations. For example, why not start with a pilot program of a coffee, bagel or pizza vendor
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> · In a parking space (Food Truck) at a Cal Train Station (Mountain View)
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> · As a food cart adjacent or inside a historical building (Burlingame or Menlo Park)
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> · At the street side of a platform with metal railings that restrict where people line up (San Mateo)
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> I explained to Mr. Cardona that I am not a concessioner. I am a Peninsula resident who rides CalTrain regularly and commuted on CalTrain daily from Burlingame to Los Altos for her job as a staffer to former Assemblyman Rich Gordon.
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> I would like to see CalTrain identify and publicly list rentable slivers of its prime station property to vendors to invigorate the rider experience. I personally would enthusiastically do this job.
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> Currently, only one property is listed on the CalTrain site and it is currently occupied by Jack’s Prime.
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> I think a CalTrain corridor dotted with exciting food, drink and amenity possibilities could elevate the train service from one of simple function, to one that matches the innovation and energy that defines Silicon Valley. Down the line, a successful pilot program with food could blossom into a more permanent program where CalTrain stations have compelling architecture and art exhibits- transforming CalTrain stations into exciting destinations.
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> I would be glad to help in anyway I can to make this idea a reality.
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> I am also cc'ing my Supervisor, CalTrain's board member Dave Pine and his Chief of Staff Dave Burruto.
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> Thank you,
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> Francesca Segre
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> 650-644-7707
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>> On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 4:14 PM, Cardona, Gary <cardonag_at_(domainremoved)
>> Hello Francesca,
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>> Pursuant to your request on May 19, 2017, JPB Station Manager (Mike O’Donnell-copied) provided the below link so you could review design requirements. He also provided the enclosed attachment which states that newspaper racks or vending machines are not allowed on the platforms.
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>> Mike provided the below burb on JPB’s rationale for not allowing Kiosk’s or Vendors on the platform:
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>> Trains go through our stations at 79 mph. The platforms are narrow and intended for passenger loading, unloading and circulation only. Any other use or encumbrance of the platform creates a safety issue and an obstacle to passenger movement. The opportunities are rare due to the high ridership and congestion at our stations
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>> If you are interested in pursuing this matter at a particular station, Mike is willing to review your detailed proposal (activity proposed, hours of operation, drawing of the improvement, etc.). The more information you provide the easier it will be for Mike to comment. Please note as Mike stated above, opportunities are rare due to high ridership and congestion at our stations.
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>> Lastly, as we discussed, some of JPB’s stations are considered historical. Any proposal dealing with said stations would require that Caltrain receive approval from historical society.
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>> Sincerely
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>> Gary
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>> From: O'Donnell, Michael
>> Sent: Friday, May 19, 2017 2:58 PM
>> To: Cardona, Gary
>> Subject:
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>> http://www.caltrain.com/about.html
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