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on Jul 23, 2013
Let's take the issue to a higher level! How will Palo Alto Planning Dept evaluate the traffic impact from Menlo Park and Mt. View. Each city, more or less in competition with each other, had added and will be adding massive new projects, totaling well over 2-3 million square feet. Who is adding up the number of new workers, their housing needs and school rooms for their children? Will our city council, in the spirit of new urbanism stewardship, ask these questions for benefit of future Palo Altans.
Actually, at the rate the roads are narrowing (a la Arastradero), and at the rate they are building ugly new buildings and cheezy high-density developments, the city may not even need to predict the future population or traffic.
At the rate the schools and the infrastructure are deteriorating, there may be no increase in population or traffic.
At the rate Palo Alto taxes businesses, traffic may actually lessen.
Palo Alto is becoming a less and less desirable place to live and work, the way the City Council and Planning Commission and ARB let developers have their way with this city.
It is becoming a less desirable place to educate children, the way the school board and superintendent treat less fortunate students. Other, less expensive districts have surpassed it, even in the lowly East Bay!
Palo Alto and the powers that be have extinct end the PA lifestyle. The question is, was it intentional? A roundabout way of reducing the traffic and with it, the population?
Palo Alto predicts future traffic by thinking that it will all go somewhere else if they make it so slow.
Palo Alto would do well to aim to move traffic efficiently to its destination rather than reduce its flow.
Improving the shuttle to enable all school children to get to and from school without parents driving them everywhere would really help traffic. A small fare to cover the cost of improving the shuttle throughout town rather than giving some a free ride and others nothing would be a fair and equitable system rather than the privileged free rides some students get now.
What a fantastic idea! A shuttle to enable school children to get to school. Maybe a bus that is painted yellow. I think they are called school buses in other parts of the country not decimated by Prop 13.
Who pays? The school district doesn't want to. The City doesn't want to. Parents may/may not want to have kids on buses or pay.
If all the kids walk and bike, they don't need to be driven anywhere. You can look forward to the City and the school district making plans that will support walking and biking. Then they can pretend that no one drives cars.
Five percent of California school children ride a school bus to school.
You can thank Prop 13 for that--among MANY other cuts.
The school bus idea is not an option here, supposedly.
However, many of our students use the Palo Alto free shuttle and many use VTA. But, many students do not live anywhere in Palo Alto that these are options for school use.
Expanding the shuttle by making it available to all students at a small cost would definitely ease Palo Alto traffic.
Not yellow school buses, but the shuttles we already have, please.
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