How can transportation between the East Bay and the Midpeninsula be improved?
A study of the Dumbarton corridor including the current vehicle bridge (State Route 84) and the abandoned Dumbarton rail bridge is underway in an attempt to answer that question.
The roughly $1 million study, funded by Facebook, will analyze the feasibility of currently undefined options to reduce congestion in crossing the bay.
A community meeting for people on the Peninsula to offer their suggestions, comments and concerns will be held Thursday, May 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Menlo Park Senior Center in the ballroom at 100 Terminal Avenue in Menlo Park. A similar meeting was held in the East Bay on May 10 in Fremont.
The study's purpose is not to approve any future projects, but instead explore how feasible different options could be to address congestion, and to look into what could be done with the currently defunct Dumbarton rail bridge, according to the SamTrans website. The study will look at car, transit, bike and pedestrian modes of transportation. It will also analyze the broader street networks and transit lines that connect Peninsula cities like Redwood City, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto to East Bay cities like Newark, Union City and Fremont, SamTrans spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew.
Currently, the Dumbarton Express, a bus administered by the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District on the East Bay, is the sole public transportation option to cross the bridge. Go to tinyurl.com/dmbrt45 for more information or to register for the free meeting.
To submit a comment, attend either of the meetings, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 650-508-6283, or send by mail to the following address: Attention Melissa Reggiardo, San Mateo County Transit District, P.O. Box 3006, 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos, CA 94070.