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Agenda Item F-5, Transportation Management Association Update

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Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:31:57 -0800

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Dear City Council Members,

One main take-away jumped out to me in the reading of Agenda Item F-5, Attachment C (https://menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/24326/2-Att-C---Menlo-Park-TDM-Existing-Conditions-Report) Existing Conditions Report. Except for Facebook and the Life Sciences area, most commuters are coming from close by.

According to origin and destination data captured by StreetLight, with the exception of Northern Menlo Park (the Bayside area), a significant number of commute trips are occurring within a small radius:

  * p. 10 (Central Menlo Park) - "During the morning peak, the majority of trips come from nearby, with concentrations originating in Menlo Park block groups, as well as block groups in neighboring Atherton and Redwood City."
  * p. 11 (Downtown) - "majority of trips are coming from the west side of Dumbarton Bridge, and many are within 2-3 mile radius."
  * p. 12 (Southern Menlo Park/Sand Hill Road) - "there are fewer trips originating in the East Bay than there are for any other zones. This may be due to the Zone's location as the furthest physically from the Bay, or, given the pervasiveness of the venture capital industry with the Zone, due to income levels of employees in the areas."

The report goes on to cite interviews with various employers stating a need for better active transportation infrastructure. Stanford in particular on p. 15 mentions "partner[ing] with cities to develop better bike infrastructure surrounding the campus."

Please do not overlook the potential that exists to mode shift employees traveling to work in Menlo Park. With the emergence of e-bikes, there is a no better time to invest in the safest and most inviting bike infrastructure possible to give people options to get around.

A few other items to note:

  * Page 17 of the report does a nice job highlighting the challenges Downtown workers face parking in Menlo Park. Needing to move parking spots often and circling around to find a spot are two big factors that impact employees. Implementing a parking management program would greatly help in these situations.
  * Given the StreeLight data available, how do the commute times to/from our large businesses compare to the peak hours used to measure corporate trip caps?
  * The Staff Report mentions a 20% reduction in trips in the Bayfront area, but the report mentions a 25% reduction (p.7). Which is it?
  * On page 7 of the report it mentions that "the City does not have resources or a formal mechanism in place for regular review or monitoring" of the TDM programs required by the City. What is the oversight?
  * On p. 15 of the report it cites Bohannon as having to provide a shuttle service that isn't used because those working in the building use Facebook shuttles (the property is leased by Facebook). Can those shuttles be re-purposed in a way that makes sense?

Thank you for prioritizing a TMA and for doing what you can to find alternative ways for people to get around in Menlo Park.

Jen Wolosin
Parents for Safe Routes
Received on Tue Feb 25 2020 - 14:37:22 PST

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