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Menlo Park Updates

Jun 24

Bay Area transportation agencies collaborate on U.S. 101 Mobility Action Plan

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 9:46 pm by Clay Curtin

As one of the most economically important corridors in California, US-101 has been hampered by worsening congestion and unreliable travel times, with undue time and financial burdens placed on those from low-income households.

Bay Area transportation agencies, however, are convening employers, community members and advocates to undertake a US-101 Mobility Action Plan (MAP) for the freeway corridor in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The Plan seeks to complement existing and upcoming US-101 infrastructure improvement projects with innovative programs, policies and strategies to help people travel more reliably through the corridor.

Community outreach efforts starting now include an online survey, public events and presentations for community and advocacy groups. The survey is open through July 31 and can be found on the U.S. 101 Mobility Action Plan website, along with more information about upcoming opportunities to participate. The project will conclude later this year.

Public transit agency staff, advocates, employers, and other stakeholders from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will all play a part in developing the Mobility Action Plan.

The outcome of the MAP will include a comprehensive set of near-term, equity-based policy changes or transportation demand management (TDM) programs to maximize the benefits of planned infrastructure projects. TDM programs, which can include transit subsidies, carpool programs, improved bicycle connections, and other incentives or disincentives, seek to reduce travel demand of single-occupancy vehicles or to redistribute this demand to off-peak travel times.

Jun 24

City completes bicycle safety improvements near Oak Grove Avenue

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 9:42 pm by Clay Curtin

Work on permanent treatments for the bicycle facilities along Oak Grove Avenue, Crane Street, Live Oak Avenue and University Drive is now complete. Final construction of the project began in May 2019 and consisted of refreshing the faded painted lines from the pilot project with reflective thermoplastic striping. Between El Camino Real and the Caltrain tracks, thermoplastic striping is postponed due to the ongoing development project at 1300 El Camino Real. Bicycle facilities in this area will be maintained in paint until the road is resurfaced in the summer of 2020.

On November 13, 2018, the City Council approved the permanent installation of bicycle facilities on Oak Grove Avenue, University Drive and Crane Street. The route connects key destinations in Menlo Park, including schools, downtown and residential neighborhoods. The project includes buffered bike lanes on a portion of Oak Grove Avenue and University Drive, with a connecting bicycle route marked with sharrows (shared-lane marking) on Crane Street, Santa Cruz Avenue and Live Oak Avenue.

For more information, please visit the Oak Grove-University-Crane Bike Project webpage.

Jun 24

What you need to know: The 2020 census and confidentiality

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 9:41 pm by Clay Curtin

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. 

Responses to the 2020 census are safe, secure and protected by federal law. Answers can only be used to produce statistics and cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are completely confidential. Everyone is encouraged to respond because the census helps communities get the funding they need and helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy. 

More than $675 billion in federal funding flows back to states and local communities each year based on census data. It goes to support services like health care, senior centers, roads, schools and businesses.

The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information they collect and keep it strictly confidential. Every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. Your responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way.

This information and more can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau website.

The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting and distributing federal funds.