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Mar 01

SamTrans offers free rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Posted to Menlo Park COVID-19 Updates by Clay Curtin

SamTrans is now offering free bus rides on existing service to COVID-19 vaccination sites for people living or working within San Mateo County. For people interested in the free bus ride, passengers going to a vaccination site must let the bus operator know as soon as they board the bus and show proof of the vaccine appointment or a vaccination card. Fares to vaccination sites are waived until further notice.

Redi-Wheels and Redi-Coast paratransit services will also offer eligible participants free rides to and from vaccination sites. Riders need to indicate while booking their reservation that the trip is for the purpose of a COVID-19 vaccination. Staff will then alert the driver that the rider is not required to pay the fare.

All of SamTrans' buses are accessible, and many persons with disabilities are able to use the regular fixed-route bus service. However, if you are unable to use fixed-route transit for some or all of your trips, you may be eligible for paratransit. If you are unsure, call SamTrans at 650-508-6241. Reservations are available with the paratransit program for certified customers. Riders may call to reserve a trip from one to seven days in advance and any cancellations must be made at least two hours before your scheduled pickup time.

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Mar 01

Air district announces $6 million in grant funds for EV charging stations

Posted to Menlo Park Sustainability News by Clay Curtin

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is offering grant funding to increase access to electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces, multifamily dwelling units and public locations. The Charge! Program helps offset the purchase and installation costs for new publicly accessible EV chargers. A total of $6 million in grant funding is available, with applications due March 18.

Applicants must attend a pre-application workshop before submitting an application. The next workshop is March 2, 2021, at 1 p.m., with online registration. Please visit the Charge! Program website for more information about the grant.

The Charge! Program can help our community achieve one of its 2030 Climate Action Plan goals to expand EV charging infrastructure, especially in existing multifamily buildings. The transportation sector is Menlo Park's largest source of carbon emissions and these emissions trap heat inside the atmosphere. Transitioning from gasoline vehicles to electric ones would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and save money.

The City’s electric vehicle webpage provides several federal, state and local resources to help potential EV buyers make informed decisions on their next car purchases.

Feb 22

Belle Haven School walk audit survey open until March 12

Posted to Menlo Park Transportation News by Clay Curtin

As part of its countywide Safe Routes to School program, the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) is conducting an online walk audit of Belle Haven School. A walk audit assesses streets in a particular study area, to see how safe and comfortable conditions are for walking and bicycling. The SMCOE is inviting the public to submit feedback in order to better understand the streets in the Belle Haven neighborhood. The online walk audit is available in both English and Spanish, and is open until Friday, March 12, 2021.

Residents are able to submit feedback on topics related to streets in Belle Haven such as sidewalks, street crossings/intersections, comfort, driver behavior and safety. Users will be able to assist the SMCOE by plotting specific issues on a map imbedded in the survey and submitting photos.

The SMCOE encourages and appreciates feedback from the community, as users of the streets around Belle Haven School truly know the neighborhood best. The information gathered from this survey will be shared with the City of Menlo Park Safe Routes to School program, and having feedback and data on-hand may help to support potential future street improvements in Belle Haven.

For more information about the SMCOE’s survey or the City of Menlo Park Safe Routes to School Program, please contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator Andre-Anne Cadieux.