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ConnectMenlo update and congestion relief

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:12:41 -0700

Honorable Council members,

This evening, the Council is reviewing the progress of the ConnectMenlo
plan, as well as the Transportation Master Plan.

Here are some comments about ConnectMenlo and transportation.
1) For the ConnectMenlo update, the staff report doesn't mention anything
about Dumbarton Forward. This is a collection of improvements, being led
by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission along with SamTrans and
cities - making improvements for bus and carpool. These will be very
welcome to help more people have options to avoid solo driving and mitigate
congestion.

2) For Willow Road in the Belle Haven / Bayfront area. As discussed in the
ConnectMenlo process, Willow can be upgraded as a boulevard that does a
better job of serving the neighborhood and not just commuters who travel
through Menlo Park. The Willow/Newbridge intersection serves many children
on the way to school and activities and needs to be made safer. The
Willow/Hamilton area will serve people using the grocery store, drugstore
and other services with Willow Village. Median refuge islands and possibly
local slow lanes are design features that can encourage local pedestrian
access.

3) Regarding the upcoming Willow Village, Belle Haven Library, Community
Center improvements, and public space. Creating mixed use areas, with
services and amenities near homes, and housing near jobs - that people can
get to on foot, by bike, and by short car trips - helps people spend less
time driving because the amenities they need are nearby.

Regarding the Transportation Master Plan and a goal of congestion relief -
all of the examples above are congestion mitigation strategies:
* Dumbarton Forward improvements to improve bus and carpool commuting
* Safety and livability improvements for Willow Road as a
neighborhood-serving boulevard
* Mixed use development with stores, public services, and public space near
homes and jobs

All of these are congestion mitigation strategies that simultaneously help
the city advance goals for safety and environmental sustainability.

In adding a congestion goal, I would urge Council to advance improvements
that ameliorate congestion while advancing safety and sustainability, and
to avoid changes that have a goal to alleviate congestion but would worsen
safety and sustainability. There are many good choices that advance
multiple goals.

Thank you for your consideration,

- Adina
Adina Levin
Menlo Park resident
Received on Tue Mar 26 2019 - 16:08:55 PDT

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