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General Plan transportation metrics and goals

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:19:49 -0700

Dear Council Members,

It is good to see the proposed scope of work for the Menlo Park General
Plan including alternative metrics for transportation impact analysis.

The current document proposes assessing MultiModal Level of Service as a
metric. At this time, in accordance SB743, a new state law passed in
2013, the State of California is currently evaluating alternatives to
Automotive Level of Service as the key metric to be used for CEQA analysis.
   The work to craft alternative metrics at the state level is well under
way. The governor's Office of Planning and Research is required to develop
an initial draft of alternative metrics by July 1, 2014 (see web page
below). The recommendations will utilize feedback from an open comment
period earlier this year.

The leading suggestions from the comment period appeared to include
Vehicle Miles Travelled and VMT per capita. Since the state level
process is well under way, it would be beneficial for Menlo Park to review
and incorporate the alternative metric being recommended at the state
level, to maintain consistency between the city's metrics and CEQA law.


In addition, it would be helpful to create mode share goals (similar to
Mountain View's goals for North Bayshore), in order to help steer the
city's goals for transportation alternatives.

It is good to see that the General Plan review includes a review of the
Transportation Impact Analysis policy. Hopefully this review will result in
Menlo Park's adopting updated policies along the lines of other newer
General Plans in the region, where non-automotive improvements that shift
travel modes from single occupant driving can be used to mitigate the
traffic impact of new development.

Thank you for your consideration,

Adina Levin
Menlo Park
Received on Sun Jun 15 2014 - 23:17:56 PDT

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