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About this blog: Growing up in Brooklyn, NY I lived in high-density housing and experienced transit-oriented services first hand. During high school and college summers I worked in Manhattan drafting tenant floor plans for high-rise office buildi... (More)
About this blog: Growing up in Brooklyn, NY I lived in high-density housing and experienced transit-oriented services first hand. During high school and college summers I worked in Manhattan drafting tenant floor plans for high-rise office buildings. This could have been a career option, but my interest in computers - unusual at the time - led me to the computer science program at the University of Wisconsin. A programming job on Page Mill Road brought me to Palo Alto after college. Since 1993 I consult on bridging law and technology, and serve as an expert witness in Intellectual Property litigation. We moved to Menlo Park's Linfield Oaks neighborhood in 1994. Neighborhood traffic issues motivated my initial volunteering as a Menlo Park Planning Commissioner, followed by a stint as a Chamber of Commerce board member and most recently a finance/audit committee member. I advocate community volunteering for meeting people, the neighborhoods, and understanding the myriad issues that somehow arise. As hobbies I collect contemporary art and vintage cameras. And? fly helicopters, which offer rare views of the nooks and crannies of the Bay Area. (Hide)
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Removing El Camino lanes from parking or vehicle movement >> HSR v BART
Uploaded: Oct 6, 2015
As the council considers the biennial review of the Downtown Specific Plan, and the General Plan update, it's good to keep the present traffic state in mind.
Remove a lane for bikes; take a lane for busses; take a lane of construction for projects along El Camino. All will have at least a temporary negative impact.
Consider this Waze view of El Camino traffic during rush hour – without the above improvements - temporary or not. This photo portrays a weekday rush hour. Highlighted in red is El Camino from San Francisquito Creek to Valparaiso. Also in red is a short section on Willow (south of Middlefield) capturing traffic that was previously diverted down Ravenswood while the Right Turn on Alma was blocked.
We know that some development takes a lane of parking/vehicles from Palo Alto downtown projects: the Survey Monkey project, and nearly completed two projects on Hamilton. Temporary loss of a traffic lane would likely happen for the major projects contemplated on El Camino in Menlo Park.
Regarding the General Plan, I recommend keeping the Bart option down the peninsula.
(Note: The comments below raise consideration of which transit approach is more beneficial to the Peninsula, High Speed Rail to LA, or a BART extension SFO/Millbrae to San Jose. Worthy of its own post.)
What is it worth to you?
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