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New draft San Mateo Sustainable Streets Plan has lessons for other cities

San Mateo City Council last week gave a favorable review to a Sustainable Streets plan that has been in the works for a couple of years. The plan covers a broad set of policy and design topics intended to evolve … Continue reading

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Mountain View Council considering study of downtown grade separation

At tonight’s Mountain View City Council meeting, the Shoreline Corridor Plan that is up for approval includes an important new recommendation regarding potential transformation of the Downtown transit center.   In addition to the expected thoughtful and robust set of improvements … Continue reading

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East-West or North-South improvements for VTA? Network is best

Data from VTA’s new Environmental report for its its Bus Rapid Transit project on the El Camino line, the most heavily used transit route in the VTA system, shows that if the project is built with dedicated bus lanes, it … Continue reading

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Three Peninsula Cities consider protected bike lanes on El Camino

Last week, Menlo Park Transportation Commission unanimously supported a proposed design with cycle tracks – bike lanes that are protected with a physical barrier, such as curbs or planters – as well as protected intersections that help prevent collisions between … Continue reading

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Palo Alto Council to review El Camino Bus Rapid Transit, which would make the bus time-competitive with driving

The VTA Bus Rapid Transit project would make the El Camino bus time-competitive with driving, including in Palo Alto. This evening, Palo Alto City Council will review the project at a study session starting at 5pm. For the El Camino … Continue reading

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SamTrans considers El Camino Real bus speedup

SamTrans has published a study about the potential to speed up El Camino Real bus service by up to 25%.  ECR is the highest ridership line in the system, with over 13,000 daily weekday boardings.   Ridership on the ECR line … Continue reading

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VTA Bus Rapid Transit environmental report shows bus could be time-competitive with driving

VTA has recently released the environmental impact report for its its Bus Rapid Transit project on the El Camino line, the most heavily used transit route in the VTA system. The report shows that if the project is built with … Continue reading

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SamTrans strategic plan looks to changes in demographics, technology, land use

SamTrans is working on an update to the agency’s strategic plan, with an eye toward changes in demographics and technology.   The relatively short-term plan, covering 2015 to 2019, is expected to be presented for board approval in December. Although … Continue reading

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Peninsula cities vote to support development near transit

Voters in San Bruno approved a ballot measure to raise height limits in the downtown area near Caltrain and El Camino Real.   An earlier ballot measure passed in 1977 required a vote of the people to build buildings taller … Continue reading

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Redwood City seeks to recover stranded private parking and research opportunities to reduce car commutes

In an effort to use available parking space more efficiently in Downtown Redwood City as new buildings open up, Redwood City is investigating opportunities to recover underutilized parking spaces that are “stranded” in private buildings. Redwood City staff sought advice … Continue reading

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