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Palo Alto seeks grant funds to revamp transit center

Original post made on Feb 10, 2013

The City Council plans to consider tonight a list of projects that could qualify for the One Bay Area Grant, a program that distributes funds from the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission to local jurisdictions for projects promoting transportation, bike and pedestrian improvements.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, February 9, 2013, 5:55 PM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

I really wish they would start by revamping transit in the City first.

Getting the shuttle expanded so that it benefits the whole of the city and charging a small fare to do so. Getting the shuttle to serve Caltrain by using the station(s) as the terminus where buses get passengers to the station before the train arrives and waits until the train has emptied of passengers who can get on the shuttle makes a lot of sense.

Transit has to be intelligent. What we've got now is not intelligent or user friendly.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2013 at 9:45 am

Another good move to get people using transit would be to make Caltrain and BART parking lots free after 3.00 pm to encourage public transit for Sharks/Giants games, theater, concerts, etc. Promoting transit for evening events would actually make it safer for those using the systems as there would be more people about.

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Posted by transit for events
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

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Posted by Grant dollars for Arrillaga--Alms for the rich?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:13 am

Look at the SIZE of the PARKING in this "transit center." Web Link

It's designed to be part of the mammouth Arillaga project which hasn't even gotten past preliminary discussions.

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Posted by Jo Ann
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

Use that money to fix the mess around Town & Country,

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Posted by c.k.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

I hope the transit center isn't getting the cart before the horse....The extremely over sized proposed project at 27 University must be down sized and coordinated with the transit area. Let's get that issue right first!

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Posted by palo alto parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

Grant dollars - the large parking lot shown already exists, its the Stanford Mall lot. The two smaller ones on either side of University are new.

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Posted by Alms for the rich?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

See Figure 6, page 12. Web Link

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Posted by Olenka Villarreal
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

On behalf of the Magical Bridge and its many community supporters, we THANK the City for including this project as a possible recipient.

With no fully ADA-compliant parks in our town, an enthusiastic volunteer board has been working on designing an innovative park for families of all abilities to enjoy. Parents who use wheelchairs, children with autism, grandparents with walkers are just some of the many who have been overlooked in our parks over the years. We have a magical design, almost $1 million raised and could really use this additional amount from the City to make our park a reality. Please join our vision!

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Posted by bill g
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Many people ask for Palo Alto - us taxpayers - to fund their pet projects. No one seems aware that Palo Alto has a limited General Fund and more than $400M in its backlog to repair and upgrade existing facilities. When grant money is mentioned, people get starry-eyed as though this is free money. It is not because it comes from taxes we citizens pay.

After new projects are built, they require maintenance which adds to the backlog and costs more of our limited funds. To solve this, the City will fall back on a tried and true solution - tax the residents to make up the shortfall. Have you looked at your utility bill lately?

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Posted by HereWeGoAgain
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm

"A project estimated to cost up to $15 million. The city is requesting $10 million for the project, with the city footing the rest of the bill"

I'll bet the final project will cost over 20 millions, and the residents footing the rest of the bill.. It's not unusual!

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Posted by Be careful what you ask for
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm

While the opportunity to apply for and receive funding from other sources, I hope the city staff have learned an important lesson about constraints that often go with "free money".

Right now, the city is planning a full EIR and cost benefit analysis in order to better understand the implications of replacing a new bridge over the creek at Newell Road. If the city accepts a Caltrans grant, the size and scope of the bridge may be part of the package. In other words, "hello city. You have applied for and received this grant for replacing a 100 year old bridge. You may think you have the control over how the bridge is designed or whether it fits into your neighborhood, but you are wrong. If you take our money, you have to follow our rules and build a bridge out of scale for the community."

There is no free lunch. Please review all constraints and share them with the public BEFORE accepting ANY grant money so the citizens of Palo Alto can weigh in on the trade offs.

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Posted by Just the facts, please.
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

This was a PROPOSAL. Visit the video taped meeting to see what they DECIDED.

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