Folks - here's all the information you need, and then some - including if you won't be able to attend =- the address to send your comments......
Personal comment: why a 3 and 1/2 block-street (if that) that deadends needs 4 lanes is, well, ludicrous IMO. As you might have heard, PA got a $1.1 million grant to upgrade the street that involves 'mid-block' lane reductions, retaining the 4 lanes at the 3 intersections.
If I understand correctly, these funds are vital to transform the district to a PTOD- Pedestrian Transit Oriented Development - so it is a city-wide issue if you believe in a comprehensive plan. If you want Cal Ave to be more attractive so you'd go there more often, you should also send your comments to:
"Planning _Transportation Commission City Of Palo Alto" <planning.commission@...
753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Official announcement of upcoming Planning and Transportation meeting:
On Wednesday, January 12th, the Planning and Transportation Commission will consider the traffic study for the California Avenue Streetscape Plan, and in particular the recommendation to approve a reconfiguration from four traffic lanes to two traffic lanes. The Commission will consider recommending to the City Council approval of a Negative Declaration for the project and establishment of a Capital Improvements Program (CIP) account for the project.
The Council will hear the item on February 7th or February 14th. The project also includes a number of streetscape amenities, including benches, landscaping, bike racks, artwork, and upgrades of the plaza near the Caltrain station. These components of the project are included in the environmental review, but the design of those items will receive considerably more scrutiny in community meetings and reviews by the Architectural Review Board, Planning and Transportation Commission, and City Council over the course of the spring and summer of 2011.
PTC agenda for January 12 (meeting starts at 7:00, in Council Chambers at City Hall):
Item # 1 = California Avenue – Transit Hub Corridor Improvements Project:
Recommendation of approval of the Negative Declaration for the California Avenue streetscape project that includes a proposed 4-lane to 2-lane reduction between El Camino Real and the California Avenue – Park Plaza.
This is a public hearing and action item meeting, so citizen input is particularly important.
If you are not able to attend this meeting, comments may be sent to the members of the Planning Commission and to the Director of Planning:
December 16 presentation, presenting main conclusions of Cal Ave traffic study:
Slides 21-28 show the proposed lane configurations at intersections. There will be turn lanes at El Camino and Birch, Ash and Park, that is, drivers' fears that of backups have been accommodated in spades, while also adding features that make this a "complete street" much friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians.
Slides 13, 16 and 19 summarize the traffic study quantitative results
Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (what Planning Commission will be recommending (or not recommending) on Wednesday:
Traffic section (no significant impact) :http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=25805
Link to City's California Avenue project web page (full set of links including full traffic study document, and previous meetings):
recent Palo Alto Weekly online stories:
Palo Alto receives $1.5M grant for California Ave.
Streetscape-improvements project could begin in 2012 after public hearings and design approval
Uploaded: Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 11:38 AM
California Ave. lane reduction 'won't impact traffic'
Study finds no major delays or backups if lanes are cut from four to two
Uploaded: Friday, January 7, 2011, 8:25 AM