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Palo Alto advances plans to reduce driving, manage parking

Palo Alto has been taking next steps on programs to reduce driving and use parking more efficiently In the last year, Palo Alto City Council took major steps to transform its transportation strategy.   Sparked by controversies about car parking, Council … Continue reading

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Caltrain corridor updates: San Bruno, Millbrae, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Mountain View

Here are updates on land use and transportation policy decisions in progress in cities along the Peninsula Corridor.  Do you live or work in these places and have information and thoughts? Share ideas in comments. Would you be interested in … Continue reading

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Menlo Park Council requires Stanford project on El Camino to reduce trips; moot if Measure M passes

Menlo Park City Council recently reviewed a traffic study conducted for a proposed Stanford development at 500 El Camino Real, with 199,500 square feet of  office space, 170 apartment units, and 10,000 square feet of retail space,  would exceed the city’s trip thresholds. The project will … Continue reading

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Cities, developers explain how to reduce traffic, parking at Growth Without Gridlock event in Sunnyvale

Experts including Trudi Ryan, Martin Alkire, City of Mountain View, Jeff Oberdorfer of First Community Housing, and Ann Cheng of TransForm gave presentations and answered questions regarding how cities, commercial and residential developments can add housing and jobs, while reducing … Continue reading

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City of San Mateo previews Downtown Area Plan initiative

On Thursday, October 9, the City of San Mateo held a stakeholders forum to engage the community and stakeholders before it begins the formal Downtown Area Plan update in mid-2015. Nearly 100 citizens and community members from City Council, commissions, … Continue reading

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Wednesday 8/27: Growth Without Gridlock Panel in Sunnyvale

The economic boom in the area is bringing traffic jams, parking challenges, and fears of worsening problems. Meanwhile, a trend toward cities taking charge of traffic and parking in the Silicon Valley area is picking up speed. Sunnyvale has been … Continue reading

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Changing demand for commute services in San Mateo County

John Ford, the Executive Director of, reports a sea change in the market for commute services in San Mateo County. Since at least 1997,’s customer base came from the large corporations and new developments that were legally required … Continue reading

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North County update: Caltrain corridor news in Millbrae and San Bruno

In Millbrae, the City Council had a study session on the Specific Plan for the Millbrae Station Area. Council will come back after summer break, review the draft plan, and set guidance for the Environmental Impact Report. The ambitious schedule … Continue reading

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Caltrans pioneers friendlier new street designs for El Camino

If you talk to experienced community members, elected officials and staff about opportunities for pedestrian safety improvements along El Camino Real (or other roads and highways managed by California’s department of transportation), you are likely to hear a resigned sigh. … Continue reading

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Can the Diridon Station Area take advantage of its transit crossroads location?

The San Jose Diridon Station Area Plan Environmental Impact report is out for comments, with a deadline of February 13.  The plan has aggressive goals to evolve the parking lots and post-industrial warehouses into a thriving, walkable  urban neighborhood, jobs … Continue reading

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