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Survey shows fewer downtown workers driving alone

Original post made on Aug 24, 2017

Downtown Palo Alto's service workers are slowly shifting away from solo commuting, a recent survey shows: The rate of those who drive alone to their jobs has dropped from 80 percent in 2016 to 70 percent.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 24, 2017, 9:27 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2017 at 11:30 am

Any idea on the number of restaurant jobs or cashier jobs empty due to the fact that they can't get employees?

Any discussion on off ramp parking with dedicated shuttles to get employees into town?

No, I didn't think so!

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 24, 2017 at 11:38 am

" Earlier this summer, the council approved a budget that allocates $480,000 to support the effort, allowing the nonprofit to add new services and increase the number of transit subsidies it offers to commuters."

So glad the resident taxpayers can help fund the commuters, including city employees? What's the business community doing to pay us back?

Posted by Council Watcher
a resident of University South
on Aug 24, 2017 at 11:45 am

Online Name - that $480,000 is funded dollar-for-dollar by increased parking fees for workers (with low-income workers excepted). Since workers making less than twice minimum wage can get $100 passes, that means the fees are mostly being paid by tech companies that purchase garage passes for their workers.

Sounds pretty fair to me. And the tech companies aren't complaining either.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Resident is a registered user.

@Council Watcher
Thanks for your clarification about the steep discounting of parking passes for lower income restaurant and retail workers, but how do you explain Tanaka's claim that the new parking pass rates are stacked against these workers?

Posted by Canary
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Council watcher-- are you sure that none of the 480,000 dollars comes from permits that residents are forced to purchase? We didn't have a problem until this parking program pushed parking from downtown on to the street where we live. Seems to me to be a tax on the residents to fund the program. I don't have a problem with subsidizing low income workers, but let's not kid ourselves that there are not costs to residents that did not exist before. Call it a tax or call it a permit , it is money out of our pocket.

Posted by Miguel
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

>>They serve food, wash dishes, staff shops and hotels and play a leading role in keeping downtown Palo Alto buzzing for residents, employees and visitors.

I commute from Tracy to work in a downtown PA hotel as a food server. To carpool is impractical.

Fortunately I can park in the hotel parking lot. For those who work downtown, parking can be a problem.

Why do city employees get free parking? What makes them so special?

Posted by retired SC County Employee
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm

It's one of the perks. By accepting lower salaries (in comparison to private industry) for the lucrative retirement benefits of CALPERS, free parking is just another 'add-on'. Don't complain. Just take a civil service exam and pass the interviewing process. Guaranteed...your opinion will change.

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