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Third track option - public transport

From: domainremoved <Sytske>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:06:47 -0800

Dear City Council,

I want to express my support regarding the grant that you're applying for which requires a change in the rail policy. I support expanding public transport and even if Menlo Park would not decide to expand to a third track, I think changing the policy to be eligible for the grant is wise.

Some people in the community appear to be against public transport (see e.g. https://linfieldoaks.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=3359343) and afraid of such a change in rail policy and the possibility of a third track. I don't understand why a third (or even fourth track) conflicts with a liveable community. Is is the noise that the trains make? Perhaps a better idea would be to change the rail horning policy and invest in less noisy trains. I understand if people don't want twelve tracks, but a third track?

Instead, public transport is vital for the community, for businesses and also for the environment. New York, Japan, Europe: they all show that reliable, fast, and regular public transport increases the quality of life tremendously. It reduces traffic, clears the air (no dirty smog that pollutes the environment), etcetera, etcetera.

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the council meeting today, but I still wanted to express my support for this change in rail policy and public transport in general.

Yours sincerely,

Sytske Besemer, Ph.D.
294 Waverley Street Apt. 6
Received on Tue Jan 14 2014 - 17:05:02 PST

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