Included in these broad topics are such complex issues as electrification of Caltrain, Dumbarton rail, high-speed rail, grade separations, mixed-use higher-density transit-oriented development, impacts of eliminated transit service from VTA (Santa Clara County transit) and reduced service from Caltrain, increasing transit ridership to maintain and increase services, and reducing greenhouse gases from transit and transportation.
There's a connection between transit-oriented development and increasing ridership on transit. A recent study showed that about 48 percent of residents living in transit-oriented housing take transit, they own fewer cars and so need fewer parking spaces. As gas prices soar, businesses find that being near transit is a plus for hiring employees and attracting customers.
Electrifying Caltrain will reduce pollution from diesel trains and require less time and energy to start and stop, thereby accommodating more trains and stops.
As for high-speed rail, Dumbarton rail and grade separations, each presents challenges and opportunities, as does our City Council's commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
As Mr. Cohen has already spoken out against most of these initiatives, it is difficult to see how he will provide enlightened leadership to address these 21st-century issues with 21st-century answers. I hope he rises to the challenge; there's a lot riding on it.
Fremont Street, Menlo Park