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Traffic White Paper

From: domainremoved <Andrew>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:58:23 +0000

Dear City Council Members,

My name is Andrew Morcos and I presented a Greystar project to Planning Commission on February 25. In that presentation, concerns were raised about traffic and I spoke to the attached traffic white paper we put together summarizing research on causes and solutions to traffic. It's clearly an issue in Menlo Park and the Bay Area in general and our aim is to be part of the solution.

Through our research we have found:

  * Increasing Traffic throughout the Bay: In the Bay Area congested delay has increased by roughly 90% from 2010 to 2017 and the primary culprit is commuter driving distance caused by a lack of housing.
  * Jobs Housing Imbalance Worsens: Based on projects approved in Menlo Park in 2019, development will bring roughly 431 new housing units and approximately 5,057 new employees to Menlo Park. More people will need to get to Menlo Park to work, many of them by driving.
  * Adding Road Capacity Increases Traffic: The City of Los Angeles tried the strategy in 2014 with a $1 billion project to widen the I-405 freeway. Following the project, traffic moved even more slowly than before due to induced demand. With more room for cars, more people are driving.
  * Housing near Jobs Reduces Traffic: For every 10% increase in the number of workers living within 4 miles of their job, there was a 3.29% decrease in average rush hour commute.

We have included sources in the attached paper supporting this research. We hope this information is helpful to understanding how to resolve the issue of traffic in Menlo Park and the Bay Area generally.

Please let us know of any comments or questions.

Thank you,


Andrew Morcos | Sr. Development Director
Greystar | 450 Sansome Street | Suite 500 | San Francisco, CA 94111
o 415.489.3911 | m 847.452.0200 | amorcos_at_(domainremoved)

Received on Wed Mar 20 2019 - 10:54:11 PDT

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