San Mateo panel to oversee traffic issues in Caltrain corridor
- Published Thursday, April 6, 2006, by the Redwood City Daily News
Traffic group forming
City aiming to cut sprawl, reduce car trips
By David Smith
Daily News Staff Writer
San Mateo's Public Works Department is in the process of pulling
together a nonprofit association to oversee traffic issues within
the Rail Corridor Plan, but critics question whether it would
represent their interests.
Working with the San Francisco-based consulting firm Nelson Nygaard
<http://www.nelsonnygaard.com> and with the Peninsula Traffic
Congestion Relief Alliance <http://www.commute.org>, the
Public Works Department is in the preliminary stages of creating a
transportation management association for the development plan,
Pedestrian friendly, mixed use
The plan, approved in June 2005, encourages denser, pedestrian-
friendly, mixed-use development in the areas closest to the
Hillsdale and Hayward Park Caltrain stations to discourage sprawl
and reduce the number of car trips produced by new development.
The Rail Corridor Plan mandates a 25 percent reduction in traffic,
to be achieved by incentive programs and the developments' proximity
to Caltrain stops.
The association would be self-governing body that would oversee
traffic issues related to the Rail Corridor Plan as it moves
forward, said Gary Heap, a senior engineer with the department.
Heap said the association in which San Mateo [...]
"The intent is to have this be a self-governing body and not be
dictated by the city," Heap said.
Local traffic critic Art Weiner doubted that a person with concerns
about the plan would find himself serving on the associated,
saying "I can't get excited about this."
He is the president of the Beresford/Hillsdale Neighborhood
Association <http://beresfordhillsdale.org>, which has raised
concerns about traffic speed and volume, especially with the
potential grade separations at 31st and 28th avenues. Weiner
doubted if the 25 percent reduction in traffic was possible.
"It's a laudable goal, but nobody's achieved it, to my knowledge,"
The Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance and the Public
Works Department are waiting for word from Nelson Nygaard on how
the transportation management association should be created and
Rail Corridor Plan owners and renters
Christine Maley-Grubl, the executive director for the alliance, said
one question the firm would address is whether property owners and
tenants within the Rail Corridor Plan would be able to serve on the
group. She expected to have that information and more by late June.
She noted that successful traffic management associations exist in
Pleasanton and Mountain View.
"The idea here is to establish various ways [...]
[BATN: See also:
City of San Mateo Rail Corridor Plan