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428Fwd: High Speed Rail Station Meeting, Oct. 7

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  • Irvin Dawid
    Oct 3, 2010
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      FYI...Just sent to Council.....please consider attending if you can, or writing if you can't, regardless of your opinion on this issue....

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: Irvin Dawid <irvindawid@...>
      Date: Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 4:18 PM
      Subject: High Speed Rail Station Meeting, Oct. 7
      To: Palo Alto City Council <city.council@...>
      Cc: LOMAP Transportation Forum <lomap-trans-forum@...>

      Mayor Burt & Council Members:

      In regards to the:
      October 7 - Palo Alto High Speed Rail (HSR) Station Workshop in Palo Alto, Palo Alto City Council Chambers, 1st floor
      [On Thursday, October 7 at 7 PM, HNTB (an infrastructure engineering/design firm in business over 100 years), on behalf of the Peninsula Rail Program (PRP) and the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), will be hosting a workshop to discuss issues related to a potential Palo Alto High Speed Rail (HSR) station.

      This event will be fully staffed and run by representatives from HNTB, the PRP, and the CHSRA............................................................]

      I will be out-of-town on Thursday, so I wanted to let you know of my thoughts about a 'potential HSR station'.

      I SUPPORT Palo Alto have a HSR stop at the University Av Caltrain Station!

      My main concern has to do with the excessive parking requirements that I have heard associated with such a station - which I entirely reject as being necessary.  Palo Alto must make it clear that it expects HSR patrons to access the station in ways that will not necessitate parking a vehicle at the station, such as existing public transit and what is commonly known as 'kiss-and-ride', or just being 'dropped off' by a motorist who then leaves the station in his/her vehicle.

      If the HSRA insists on providing parking, please ask them how many parking stalls will accommodate the TransBay Terminal in SF.

      In short, a huge parking garage only ensures traffic congestion, while few spaces would require greater use of transit and other alternatives.

      I do not see myself using the HSR with any regularity like I do the Capitol Corridor to travel to Sacramento.  However, others - from Palo Alto and other nearby communities will have reason to use it - and why not provide easier access?

      I think one of the problems of our community is that our thinking often doesn't extend beyond our borders.  This attitude is reflected predominantly in our jobs/housing imbalance and unwillingness to meet our Regional Housing Needs Allocation assigned by the Association of Bay Area Governments.  Providing a station for the greater community would be a welcomed change.

      Thanks for considering my thoughts.  I hope the meeting goes well.


      Irvin Dawid
      753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
      650-283-6534 (cell)

      Irvin Dawid
      753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
      650-283-6534 (cell)