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Issues surrounding train & rail plans

From: domainremoved <jmrelihan_at_>
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2019 22:17:30 +0000 (UTC)

To Menlo Park city council and all interested persons,
As a long time resident of Menlo Park and rider of Caltrain, I have given a lot of thought as to the way peninsula cities deal with with future changes for rail transit. I am rather disappointed with the response we have seen to the housing crisis throughout the SF Bay Area.There was a long delay with very limited building and now we see explosive growth that is unattractive and possibly inferior in many ways. I think there is an opportunity to create a better and more unified Menlo Park.

Recently retired (and still a renter here), I can recall taking the Southern Pacific trains from Menlo Park to San Francisco when I was a student at USF. At that time, there was no north bound loading area for passengers. All passengers waited at the train station building and north bound passengers crossed the tracks to board the train. It is a pleasure that the train station building still exists. So many changes have occurred.
One of the best ways to improve the city and make public transit better is to consider building an underground rail system on the peninsula and here in Menlo Park. If the rail was underground, a public park could be created connecting both sides of the current rails and retail space might also be added both above and below ground. This, of course, is the MOST expensive plan, but may bring with it the most benefit for Menlo Park.
There have been multiple changes to proposed rail projects over the last few years. I urge the city council to work with other cities on the peninsula to build not only a new rail system, but to invest in a major civic construction project. Building an underground system unifies the city in a new way and may bring additional revenue to city coffers. It will allow for expanded areas for residential space as well and maybe stimulate a better overall public transit system for the entire peninsula. Please give serious consideration to this opportunity. It may also help with reducing the suicides that have occurred over recent years. How many young people have given up hope when that one person may have contributed so much to our community.
I know this is not an easy thing to do. Our community needs to be ready for the future and Menlo Park needs a greater variety of housing and a wider choice in housing costs. Please seek out the best we can provide to all of our citizens.
Thank you,

Jack RelihanFlorence Court residentjmrelihan_at_(domainremoved)
Received on Sun Jun 02 2019 - 15:11:53 PDT

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