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Re: Commute hours cut-through traffic on Woodland and Hamilton/East Crescent

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:27:58 -0800

Hi Jim,

Thank you for your email. I am very familiar with this issue, as your
neighbor who lives this traffic nightmare every day, too. Yes, we must do
something. I have been a proponent of moving forward on the Dumbarton Rail
since I was elected in 2010 as one way to move people from the East Bay to
the West Bay. Fortunately, Facebook will fund a study for Phase One of this
project from Menlo Park to the Redwood City Caltrain station. But, we need
the rest of the route all the way to Fremont to make this work.
Unfortunately, Fremont has not been supportive of this project.

I also have stated that we must ask the toll authority to charge more, and
both directions, to cross the Dumbarton Bridge. We need congestion pricing
on the Bridge. It is cheaper to drive a car than take the bus, currently.

We need other options, too, such as no left or right turns during rush hour
at certain intersections. To do so requires a study to analyze the effects.

All options, such as streetcars, must be considered.

Traffic management and housing issues are the most talked about problems in
our region right now. All ideas to deal with traffic management are

Best regards,


On Monday, November 23, 2015, Jim Wiley <jim.wiley_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear Councilmembers of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and East Palo Alto,
> The amount of cut-through traffic on winding, residential Woodland Ave
> in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park has become absurd. It's
> ridiculous in the morning and ludicrous in the evening. It appears
> that the majority of the traffic is going to, or coming from, Central
> Palo Alto and Stanford from the East Bay via the Dumbarton Bridge and
> East Palo Alto. The same exact problem exists in Palo Alto on the
> other side of University Avenue for Hamilton Ave and East Crescent
> Drive.
> Please take a quick moment to see an example of traffic backup maps
> and a 45 second video that I have posted on my SmugMug page. Shortcut
> at https://goo.gl/IBTJqs It's extremely clear that Central Palo Alto
> and Central Menlo Park can not support any more commuter-intensive
> development without fixing this already existing traffic mess.
> Our Woodland Ave. problem can be visualized like a barbell. The heavy
> weight at one end of the barbell is current and future downtown
> Stanford, Central Palo Alto and Central Menlo Park developments. The
> heavy weight on the other end of the barbell is current and future
> Facebook, East Menlo and East Palo Alto developments. The barbell
> handle in between these heavy traffic generating developments is
> one-lane streets between the heavy ends. In specific University Ave.
> in Palo Alto and Willow Road in Menlo Park. Since these primary one
> lane streets have become completely gridlocked mornings and evenings,
> commute traffic has taken to cutting through our residential streets -
> and winding, residential Woodland in specific.
> Stanford, the City of Menlo Park, the city of Palo Alto, and the City
> of East Palo Alto must decide how to eliminate this traffic crisis. A
> lot of this traffic appears to come from the East Bay. One solution is
> to have a large parking structure near Facebook and a streetcar (free
> with paid parking) that runs frequently along University Ave. to
> downtown Palo Alto, Stanford and downtown Menlo Park. We had such a
> streetcar line from 1906 through the 1920's See http://goo.gl/ZUHCpo
> and https://goo.gl/GRlPV1
> My map of the mess is at https://goo.gl/ES6M54 The solid red lines are
> the gridlocked primary single lane streets, University and Willow. The
> dashed red lines are the impacted residential shortcuts on Woodland
> and Hamilton/East Crescent. The green line is the proposed streetcar
> line.
> Other solutions are very welcome. We elected you. We trust you will
> take care of this mess. We must find a solution!
> Warm regards,
> - Jim Wiley
> Woodland Ave., Menlo Park
> For reference, developments already approved:
> Palo Alto: http://goo.gl/2EGYIc
> Menlo Park: http://goo.gl/CneSWr
> East Palo Alto: http://goo.gl/pZJEyp
Received on Tue Nov 24 2015 - 18:30:16 PST

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