Page Mill Corridor Proposal Supporters
1. New support: BATLUC - Ellen Fletcher - Buspool.org - Dumbarton Express Riders - Milpitas City Council
Says Ellen Fletcher, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Chair, Palo Alto Bicycle Advisory Committee, Valley Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee, Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee, Regional Bicycle Advocacy Coalition of the San Francisco Bay Area, California Association of Bicycling Organizations, former 12-year Palo Alto City Councilmember:
"An efficient transit feeder system blanketing Stanford Research Park (SRP) would enable bicycle + bike locker + monorail mixed mode commuting into the SRP. In the past, Palo Alto residents had voiced 4 main objections to commuting into the SRP via bike. With the monorail helping out, these objections are reduced.
1) Some residents objected to the distance, especially when commuting from Crescent Park or Charleston all the way to Roche, EPRI, and Xerox PARC South of Foothill Expwy. With the monorail, residents can ride to the CA Ave. Caltrain station, park their bikes in a state-of-the-art bike locker, and take the monorail the rest of the way.
2) Some residents indicated the hill South of Hanover was too steep, and made some folks come into work sweaty. With monorail, a shorter commute ride is possible, using monorail to scale the hill.
3) Some potential bikers were discouraged by the noise and speed of cars whizzing alongside the Page Mill bike lane. By mixing quiet, relaxing, tree-lined Palo Alto residential bike riding with zero pollution monorail within the Page Mill area, residents enjoy a better overall commute than via auto. If you make it better to ride a bike than drive a car, people will take it from there.
4) Potential bikers had expressed a desire to get off their corporate campuses during lunchtime, but had limited time for biking. The monorail provides a way for folks to get off campus at lunch, using the monorail to access CA Ave retail, Fry's, and Palo Alto Square."
Says Brian Peoples, www.buspool.org founder (and Manager of Long Range Planning and Real Estate, Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto):
"www.buspool.org provides luxury commute service for Santa Clara County commuters. HOV lanes are used to provide commute time reduction compared to SOV commutes. For our buspool service, the challenge is to fill 30 person vans with the least number of pickups and drop-offs. The more workers at a drop off point, the better. To date, a very large drop off point would be in the middle of a large corporate campus with 2,000 or 3,000 employees. A Stanford Research Park feeder transit system with no-wait transfers from buspool vans would serve 34,000 workers with a single buspool drop. This makes my drops 10X more efficient than my best drop, and 60X more efficient than my typical drop. Because of this huge increase in efficiency, a combination of buspools with feeder transit could dramatically reduce SOV commuting."
Says Dumbarton Express bus rider Jim Galanis:
"I commute from Berkeley to EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) in Stanford Research Park (SRP). I take BART to Union City, then take the Dumbarton Express (DB) bus. Once the bus is over the Dumbarton bridge, things really begin to deteriorate. A personal rapid transit (PRT) system from the Dumbarton Bridge to SRP would revolutionize commuting. If I could transfer to PRT at Sun Microsystems just West of the bridge, then I could travel nonstop to my office at 30 MPH. This would save me the trouble of 16 stoplights and 10 unproductive bus stops on the bus. I would save 52 minutes every day in my commute, allowing more precious time with my 17-month-old daughter. Many of the DB stops leave you quite a hike away from the front door of your office - farther out than the farthest parking lot space. With PRT, drops would be at the front door. A ponderous bus driving on surface streets with many stops is NOT the kind of transit we should have to settle for. There is a better alternative."
2. The Corridor Proposal has a sound theoretical basis. It applies the latest
research by the leading transit and land use thinkers.
U.C. Berkeley City and Regional Planning Professor Robert Cervero is one of the leading theorists and consultants for transit oriented development. He is the recent author of "The Transit Metropolis" and "Paratransit in America: Redefining Mass Transportation." He has provided transit consulting for Colma BART; Palo Alto Caltrain station redevelopment; Los Angeles' Metro Transit-Oriented Development; and the Emeryville Station Car Project.
"The Page Mill Corridor proposal is a step in the right direction in promoting alternatives to car travel in fast-growing areas like the South Bay. Experiences show that compact, mixed use projects near transit stations can significantly increase property values. The proposal shows considerable promise in redressing numerous problems facing the South Bay, including worsening traffic congestion and shortages of affordable housing."
Professor Cervero has also offered to involve his graduate students in the design competition, where for academic credit they would explore "out of box" solutions in a "project studio."
Palo Alto City Councilman Bern Beecham has been a vocal supporter and is
opening some doors for Cities21 within Palo Alto, Stanford, and the corporate world.
Joseph Kott, City of Palo Alto Chief Transportation Officer, is a big fan of transit oriented development and advanced feeder transit. Kott hosted the City of Palo Alto Planning Department & Stanford Urban & Regional Planning Department distinguished speaker session on the "Transit Metropolis" where Professor Cervero was the speaker. When Cities21 approached Kott about the corridor proposal, he indicated that he had been investigating advanced feeder transit as well and was pleasantly surprised to see a proposal with so many of the details fleshed out already. He invited Cities21 to present the Corridor Proposal at Palo Alto City Hall on January 12 and has invited council members and planners from Palo Alto and Stanford, as well as SVMG.
David Mogavero is an architect with Sacramento based Mogavero Notestine Associates. In one current project, a 4 block shopping center is being transformed into a compelling pedestrian-friendly mall with simultaneously improved through traffic speed and mall traffic calming. Mogavero's projects include Sacramento Regional Transit stations; in-fill development, downtown revitalization, and comprehensive planning projects for Sacramento, Davis, Folsom, Willits, Woodland. Mogavero is also an advisor to the Fresno F.A.S.T. people mover project, a solar construction expert, and an experienced consensus facilitator for complex public/private projects. Mogavero Notestine is providing pro bono architectural renderings of a metropolitan village with feeder transit for the Corridor Proposal.