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Alpine Road traffic brings misery to local residents

Original post made on May 17, 2016

Alpine Road was once a two-lane curving byway. It's still two lanes and curving, but basically an expressway, with 25,000 vehicles speeding by on weekdays, making life miserable for Weekend Acres residents who want to enter or leave their neighborhood.

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on May 17, 2016 at 12:47 pm

The meeting was a joke. Kimley Horn was ill prepared and had outdated and incorrect information. What is needed is a multi-jurisdictional approach

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Posted by Chief Supporter
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on May 17, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Chief Schapelhouman has it right! The only effective solution is a second road across Stanford land starting at 280 to get the Stanford traffic off Alpine. And Stanford was not even represented at the meeting!!!!

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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 17, 2016 at 3:08 pm

How about public transit?

If there are a bunch of people in one place, going to the same place, perhaps it would be far more cost effective and efficient to have them ride together in the same larger vehicle. Stanford and/or SamTrans could try running a bus service (Stanford probably has more ridership, plus expertise in running buses people actually ride)

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Posted by Innovation
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm

I've long thought that Stanford should build a new road from campus to 280. Just extend Campus Drive at Junipero Serra -- look at a map and you'll see that it's perfect. Might disturb a few native species, but we have to remember that it's not 1960 any more and sacrifices must be made in the name of moving forward. Not that anyone would expect Stanford to bear the cost of the traffic it's created.

I'm not sure what public transit would solve this. Shuttles already take campus employees to the train/bus station, but there's nothing like that on 280. Anyone who thinks that Stanford employees would wait to catch a bus to a 280 park & ride lot isn't very familiar with local driving habits. People expect to be able to park by their offices, hop in their cars, and drive off at the end of the day.

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Posted by Ladera resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on May 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Ladera resident is a registered user.

In additional to being multi-jurisdictional, the Alpine problem needs to be viewed as an omni-exit issue. The congestion is not just Stanford traffic but is also related to Page Mill and Sand Hill exits. People are trying to avoid the Page Mill exit off 280 in the morning and the Sand Hill ramp onto 280 in the evening. Alpine and Arastradero have become alternate routes for everyone.

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Posted by HelloHanalei
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on May 17, 2016 at 11:19 pm

HelloHanalei is a registered user.

@Innovation: When you say "extend Campus Drive at Junipero Serra," are you proposing putting a road through the Dish area of the foothills? I think that's a terrible idea, and I can't imagine it ever being approved. Thank goodness Stanford had the foresight to preserve the foothills. The University will never tear up those lands to put in a road, nor should that be allowed to happen.

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Posted by Alzan
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

Agree with Hanalei, cutting through the Dish land? People would be screaming. Including me.

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