Being "pro-transit" does not mean one rubber-stamps their approval of any and all transit projects. They must make sense for Menlo Park and the region at large.
The proposed Dumbarton Rail project is one such example. Not only does this project hurt the environment by incorporating 19th century technology (heavy rail and diesel fuel), it doesn't serve the transit needs of residents on the Peninsula and will not address regional traffic problems or transit connectivity.
The traffic corridor it seeks to improve is not in the Bay Area's top 10 most congested commutes, and from 2007 Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) data, is one of the least congested traffic corridors. There are also significant environmental concerns with constructing this project through marsh restoration areas and neighborhoods. The very low numbers of cars it may one day eliminate from the road would not offset the damage this system would cause.
Yes, we need vast and sweeping improvements in regional transit, and I agree that 21st century thinking is in order, so let's not get stuck with antiquated piecemeal projects that lock down too many transit dollars for years to come.
Bay Road, Menlo Park