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Rail Corridor Planning

From: domainremoved <R>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2019 04:45:15 +0000 (UTC)

Dear Council,
My wife and I participated in rail study sessions and attended "community outreach" meetings discussing the options and details of rail planning in Menlo Park. After years of stakeholder (residents, businesses, Fire Dept., etc.) input we are now, apparently, going in a new direction with the potential February vote.
Your actions raise numerous questions that were reviewed and settled by group input and that is your right. Can you address the following issues:
- You stress E-W "connectivity" for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians. Bikes and pedestrian connection is easy but cars will have much different issues. How will the new ECR development traffic, added to existing ECR traffic issues, be improved both during the added years of construction and post development? (Both developments will occur simultaneously or is there a plan to stage a new rail project after ECR development?)
- Increased gate downtime is a concern but those gates lead to "surge congestion" (not the direct cause of the backups). What traffic changes are proposed for Menlo Park as a community?
- Can you direct staff to find examples of municipalities building elevated structures in residential communities within the last 10 years? (Residents throughout MP/Peninsula have testified to Council and Rail Subcommittee of the examples, local, regional, and worldwide, that show a clear trend in removing 1950's, elevated structures, replacing with surface or subsurface designs, and revitalizing those formerly blighted areas.)
- Will you commit to limiting speed based on noise generated by the new designs/systems/equipment? Japan has a 70 db "speed limit" for trains in residential areas and because you are considering elevating that noise (e.g., BART) that precondition should be spelled out in the EIR mitigations.

Thank you for your consideration to these citywide issues. If construction and design leads us to a poor outcome then we will truly be living with that impact for most of the rest of this century. Oh, and it would be nice if you clarified with all residents what the new decision-making process is.

Russ PetersonMenlo Park
Received on Mon Jan 21 2019 - 20:42:38 PST

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