Thanks for including my email - your comments will now go to our land use committee below my reply....
If you haven't done so, go to the University Av station when downtown workers commute home ...check out the station platform for northbound trains around 5-6pm.....it's a scene from any big city area with so many of our downtown (and environs) work places choosing to commute by Caltrain.
Now imagine expending downtown parking and taking the workers off the platforms and into cars, circling the neighborhoods and clogging the streets.
Some have worked to expand biking and train, some to get competitive bus rapid transit, and some just want "business as usual" - commute by private auto....
It's worth noting that state laws like SB 375 demand decreasing trips by single occupant vehicle - this is not some "theology" that President Obama was accused of recently by a Republican candidate.
Palo Altans have a deep sense of environmental commitment. I believe the goals of our Sustainable Land Use committee
will resonate well with most residents who strive for a more sustainable future.
753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA 94301
On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 9:26 AM, Bob Moss <bmoss33@...>
For all those who thing reducing parking reduces driving, here is a REALITY
CHECK. Over 85% of ALL THE WORKERS in Palo Alto drive to work.
Assuming 78,000 people work on Palo Alto that is over 66,000 cars/day. Palo Alto
is the 2nd busiest CalTrain stop and it carries less than 3800 passengers/day.
Removing parking at the workplace JUST MOVES THE PARKED CARS TO NEARBY AREAS -
MAINLY RESIDENTIAL. This is exactly why Professorville has been begging
for years for restricted parking to keep WORKERS from parking in their
neighborhood. This is why College Terrace fought for and got restricted
parking in their neighborhood – at a cost to residents for parking
The vast majority of future workers at the building at Alma and Lytton will
drive, not take the train. Inadequate parking ASSURES spill-over parking
in Downtown North. Wishing people will live near CalTrain and take the
train to Palo Alto won’t make it so.
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:51 AM
Subject: RE: [UnivSouth] Sierra Club letter re 355 Alma
The letter is on-line at committee website:
Palo Alto Shell Station
Proposal (355 Alma Street)
Date: Tue, 21
Feb 2012 00:42:39 -0800
Subject: [UnivSouth] Sierra Club letter re 355 Alma
I've attached the letter addressed to the Planning Commission. A relevant
(This PDF is remarkably resistant to being copied. Here is one paragraph -
emphasis is theirs.) - Elaine