Transportation Commission

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Phone number
Term expires
Penelope Huang
Email 650-281-8028 April 30, 2017
Adina Levin
Email 650-646-4344 April 30, 2018
Philip Mazzara - Chair
Email 650-485-2715 April 30, 2018
Michael Meyer - Vice Chair
Email 650-321-5691 April 30, 2017
Jason Pfannenstiel Email n/a April 30, 2019
Maurice Shiu
Email 925-890-1746
April 30, 2017
Bianca Walser
Email 650-924-2768 April 30, 2019

Roles and responsibilities

Assist downtown businesses: Menlo Park signage and branding project
  • Review points of interest and maps of public transportation.
  • Review the signage that presently directs people to downtown and other points of interest in the city.
  • The project goal is to improve the profile, stature, and ease of accessibility of downtown Menlo Park businesses, and other points of interest in Menlo Park to those living both within and outside of Menlo Park.
  • Work with Chamber of Commerce, and the community to create signage (How to get to Downtown, how to get to other points of interest.)
Review for potential revision of the neighborhood traffic management program
  • A program wherein volunteer students from local high schools will be tasked with collecting feedback from their peers regarding transportation related challenges facing teenagers in Menlo Park. Thereafter the groups from each high school will present their data and project proposal to the Transportation Commission, who will then pick one proposal for presentation to City Council. The projects will be coordinated with individual high school civics programs. Menlo College has graciously offered assistance in coordinating the program, to reduce any impact on city staff time.
  • Project will entail re-visiting of the neighborhood traffic management program, its intent and practical applications.
The project goal will be to provide a positive experience for the teenagers, and inspire public service.

Moreover, the program should be a great opportunity for Menlo Park students to pick up experiences and letters for college applications. The city Transportation Division will have the opportunity to gain feedback from a hard to reach demographic.

Conduct a more comprehensive review of the street light program in Menlo Park
The Commission wishes to review if there are any other locations in the city that are more urgently in need of street lights than west Santa Cruz Avenue before a decision is made.

Mission statement

In conjunction with other city appointed commissions and staff, advise City Council on transportation-related matters that affect first and foremost the City of Menlo Park and the extended region as a whole, and provide oversight to the city's transportation programs on behalf of the community.

The Commission's duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Advising City Council on matters relating to regional transportation agencies and systems.
  • Advising the City Council on matters related to the adequacy and improvement of all types of transportation within and across the city, including the best approaches to establish and maintain systems and facilities for the transport of people and goods; the coordination of all modes of transportation facilities within the city; the development and encouragement of the most efficient and least detrimental overall transportation system for the city supporting the goals of the General Plan.
  • Reviewing and providing input to the city staff, City Council and Planning Commission on major land use and development projects as it relates to transportation.
  • Serving as an appeals board for residents' appeals from staff determinations related to transportation issues, including but not limited to establishment of traffic signs, pavement markings, speed zones, parking regulations, traffic signals, bike lanes and bus stops.