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SamTrans to release study on relieving traffic congestion in Dumbarton corridor

Community meeting on potential traffic-relief options scheduled in East Palo Alto on Aug. 16

After almost 18 months of work, the San Mateo County Transit District will release its first-draft results of a study, funded by Facebook, on options for relieving traffic congestion in the Dumbarton transportation corridor and connecting roadways to Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

Vehicle traffic often slows to a crawl during peak commute hours on Willow and Marsh roads in Menlo Park and University Avenue in East Palo Alto. SamTrans officials have said they see these conditions worsening with rising numbers of jobs and residents in the three counties.

An update on the draft study comes before the SamTrans Board of Directors for discussion, not action, Wednesday at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos. While the meeting starts at 2 p.m., the discussion begins at around 3:30 p.m., according to the published agenda.

The study will be released for public comment ahead of a Wednesday, Aug. 16, meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the East Palo Alto public library at 2415 University Ave. in East Palo Alto. The study can also be found by contacting SamTrans Planner Melissa Reggiardo at (650) 508-6283 or via email at

The study's goals are to examine alternatives for a "multi-modal corridor" with phased-in improvements to auto, mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian uses of the Dumbarton bridge and the partial remains of the Dumbarton rail bridge sitting about three-quarters of a mile to the south.

Should express buses have their own lanes on the current bridge? Should the rail bridge be restored? Should bike and pedestrian paths now on the road bridge be moved to a restored rail bridge to free up space on the road bridge?

These were some of the questions the study addressed amid other concerns, including potential impacts on the environment, nearby communities and the region.


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2 people like this
Posted by Joe Meyers
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 2, 2017 at 12:12 pm

We live next to the daily backup on Middlefield Road between University Avenue and Willow Road. Rush-hour timed stoplights along Willow and University and on the downtown stretch of Middlefield might be very helpful. For all of our vaunted smarts around Silicon Valley, we don't seem to have made much use of this idea. (Page Mill and Sand Hill Road during rush hour would definitely benefit as well.)

3 people like this
Posted by Roy puckett
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 2, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Try fixing the large pot holes on the bridge it might improve traffic a little,

2 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm

Express buses across the Bay would be a good idea. We need to have park and drive lots at freeway off ramps with dedicated express buses and shuttles.

7 people like this
Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 2, 2017 at 6:05 pm

"For all of our vaunted smarts around Silicon Valley, ..."

It ain't the smarts. It's something much more powerful--politics.

Those various lights would have to be synched jointly among traffic control bureaucracies in not only different towns, but in different counties, maybe even with the state. Each entity would have to cede some control over its fiefdom to the others. That's a gross violation of the bureaucrat way. Not gonna happen on this planet.

7 people like this
Posted by Flex work spaces!
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 3, 2017 at 7:44 am

Traffic was not nearly as much of an issue when companies allowed and encouraged their employees to flex their work hours and work from home a 1 or 2 days a week.

The problem is that the fix is not something the corporations want. As communities we should force this issue because the traffic problem is owned by the companies who REQUIRE their employees to be at their desk every day for specific set hours.

5 people like this
Posted by Mark Silverman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Use hovercraft and ferries to reduce any Dumbarton related gridlock. Park car, hop on the boat and then ride shuttles to various work destinations.

6 people like this
Posted by PAmom
a resident of Mayfield
on Aug 4, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Hows this, oooohhh, maybe put an office in the East Bay. Why does all the tech have to be on this side of the bay. There should be extension offices in the east bay for most major companies and then that would relieve the congestion and allow parents to not commute a gazillion hours and be away from their families just so that can afford a house.

4 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm

^ East Bay has no status. All is vanity, sayeth the Book.

8 people like this
Posted by Just Say'in
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm

How about we rebuild the Rail line across the Dumbarton. Have ACE and the Capitol corridors Serve SF. And Caltrain to Fremont.

11 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 5, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Widening the bridge and highway will just flood our roads and parking lots with more cars and we are already over capacity. Spend the money on improved public transit, both trains and busses.

2 people like this
Posted by Mike Morris
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Merriam-Webster. Carpetbagger. A resident or nonresident who seeks gain from an area ,often by meddling in its business or politics. Let's see, Facebook paid for the DRC study.Why? To gain profits by having the tax payers and residents and others pay for a train from the east bay and/or Redwood City station to its business location in Menlo Park. Facebook is a Carpetbagger. No doubt about that. Sounds like a bribe to me.. Caltrain already goes to Menlo Park and Palo Alto. Just increase shuttle service from the train stations, save a lot of money. The DRC study isn't About saving money it's al about taking your money and ripping you off. Another person commented that Facebood should move some of its business to the east bay , great idea.. To much development in Menlo Park Redwood City areas.....

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