Tonight: Dumbarton Transit Station on agenda

Menlo Park to pick site at tonight's meeting

Menlo Park's City Council will gather on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to decide where to put the future Dumbarton Transit Station.

A group of transit agencies that includes San Mateo and Santa Clara Valley transportation authorities is exploring whether to reactivate a rail line between Redwood City and Union City across the Bay.

The site selection is part of the project's environmental impact report (EIR). City staff has suggested placing the station either at Facebook, near the corner of Willow Road and the Bayfront Expressway, or off Hamilton Avenue in the Menlo Science and Technology Park.

The transit station would be built with the railroad's right-of-way, but would also need an access easement across the property of either business complex.

According to the staff report, both sites have the advantages of being near the railroad tracks and Dumbarton Bridge and close to businesses employing large numbers of employees who could commute using alternate transportation.

The technology park site appears to present more challenges, however, that include restricted access from the road and utility and power line easements already in place.

Staff expects the draft report to be released in spring 2012.

Closed session with labor negotiators

Before tonight's City Council discussion on the Dumbarton Transit Station, the council will meet in closed session at 6 p.m. with labor negotiators working on contracts with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and unrepresented city management staff.

The regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

Click here to see the council agenda (PDF document).

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