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Stanford Research Park gains traction in effort to shift workers' commute habits

Original post made on Oct 9, 2019

After gradually expanding its commute services options, Stanford Research Park's Transportation Management Association formed in 2016 is starting to see fewer workers now driving alone to work.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 8:22 AM

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Posted by reduce that footprint
a resident of Escondido School
on Oct 9, 2019 at 1:32 pm

reduce that footprint is a registered user.

What a great lesson for all of us worried about congestion and safety on Palo Alto roads: Making options to solo driving more viable for more people by implementing a comprehensive trip reduction campaign available to all can make a dramatic difference in as little as 3 years. Here's a link I just discovered to see how SRP employees are engaged and encouraged to check out their options: Web Link

Yes, making options viable for more people takes money, but also key to success is staff committed to reduce the barriers to choosing more sustainable choices about how people choose to get where they want to go each day. It's encouragement with fun events but also solid information and assistance with trip planning and finding out how shuttles can meet some part of connectivity needs.

My questions are for the City of Palo Alto: When will City budgets reflect a serious effort to meet our ambitious GHG emission reduction goals in 2030? Where is the engagement with local employers outside the SRP? Why not consider partnering with Marguerite shuttles to provide options for residents and employees other than those working for Stanford entities?
The bonus is that an integrated program like that of SRPGO can reduce demand for parking spaces -- freeing up spaces for those for whom driving solo is truly their only option.

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 9, 2019 at 1:45 pm

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How many new employees / commuters are hired each year?

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Posted by Sophie
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2019 at 8:02 pm

I remember they sent out the survey about preferred transportation to all the workforce in this area. In the first I thought it was a formality, but wow, congrats with the result! Stanford did a good job to influence people to adopt a more environmental friendly commute.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2019 at 9:37 am

Boy, talk about dancing around the root cause: The only deep fix is stop dinking with symptoms and get to the source of commuting: Jobs and housing are stupidly located far apart. Sprawl.

Flip a third to a half of the industrial park’s acreage from industrial and office buildings into housing. Start with Palo Alto Square, the closest to CalTrain and the El Camino buses from a Smart Cities POV, but use flipping properties in the industrial park to finally begin acting seriously about fixing the housing/jobs imbalance, the root cause of sprawl, which of course is the root cause of unnecessary commutes.

The coolest thing about this idea is: building housing in the industrial park and on the Palo Alto Square site doesn’t harm any existing neighborhood... NIMBY-ism should be light, as it would also be if Palo Alto was similarly visionary about East Embarcadero.

(But again, this IS Palo Alto we’re talking about so maybe not...)

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