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Facebook Trip Cap Concerns (Agenda Item J-1)

From: domainremoved <Jennifer>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:11:47 -0700

Dear City Council Members,

I am writing in regards to Facebook's Trip Cap (Agenda Item J-1). I am
concerned that the City of Menlo Park may be giving up some of its leverage
over requiring Facebook to reduce trips.

The Staff report states, "The proposed amendments to the Trip Cap would
also clarify, for consistency, those trips which are excluded under the
Trip Cap." What is not clear from the Staff Report is whether the the
exclusions that will be modified work in Facebook's favor, the City's or
are neutral. Given the massive amount of development that Menlo Park is
facing it is critical that every mitigating traffic measure is pursued and
that we, as a City, don't give away any of our ability to recoup costs
associated with unplanned travel.

Please do not do anything that would loosen Facebook's trip reduction
responsibility. If you redefine which vehicles are counted this may
artificially lower Facebook's trip counts and reduce fines that need to be
paid. Currently, without knowing detailed data on last year's counts and
fines paid, and with no analysis of the impact the change will have, you
are limited in the amount of review and discussion you can have on this

It is imperative that the trip counts must be set in way (and without
exclusions) so that Facebook must continue to work hard to reduce trips.
Please make sure you understand the full picture of what the new exclusions
will mean. Do not rush this decision.

Thank you for your consideration,

*Jen Wolosin*
Received on Tue Mar 13 2018 - 14:14:18 PDT

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