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Stanford plan may mean big bump in traffic

Original post made on Aug 17, 2007

With a voluminous application submitted Monday to the city of Palo Alto, Stanford Medical Center officials revealed additional details about one of the biggest development projects ever proposed in Palo Alto.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 16, 2007, 3:52 PM

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Posted by worried
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 17, 2007 at 8:25 am

Menlo Park officials need to understand as soon as possible what impact this traffic will have on our community, especially along Sand Hill Rd. and El Camino Real. Then they need to be very vocal and influential to minimize harm to Menlo Park. Ideally, they could make some things even better.
El Camino traffic south bound is already affected by the overly long north bound light at Cambridge to allow lots of cars and trucks to do a u-turn because Sand Hill does not connect to Alma. This delay already backs up traffic within Menlo Park.
Bicycle connections along and across El Camino/Alma and along Sand Hill Road near El Camino are unsafe today. Doubling Stanford's traffic will make this even more hazardous.
Menlo Park cannot afford to sit back.

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Posted by flush
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 17, 2007 at 11:24 am

As stated in the P(o)rk Theatre blog, neither Fergusson nor Robinson can participate in any discussions re: Stanford, as Fergusson's hubby is employed at Stanford Hospital, and Robinson's wife is an assoc. prof there. So unless the other 3 council members go to bat for Menlo, Stanford and Palo Alto will once again ignore their development impacts on Menlo's streets. A no U turn at Cambridge is a start to send a clear message that Palo Alto needs to both open up Alma (North PA is now protected with Alma-Hawthorne,Everett turn restrictions, traffic circles, etc. so that long standing excuse to not open Alma is specious) and to insist on widening Sand Hill west to a full four (4) lanes from ECR to Arboretum. With the dozen signals on Sand Hill, there is still a lot of cut through commute traffic in Allied Arts and West Menlo because Sand Hill is a gridlocked parking lot at rush hour. Don't expect Boyle to champion this overdue change, even though he started on the Transportation Commission. He would love to see Fergusson and Cohen replaced next fall with like minded friendlies. So this will take a concerted effort by Menlo residents during the PA EIR review process next spring.

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Posted by apathy prevails in Menlo Park
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 18, 2007 at 1:26 pm

There's an identical post to this one on the Palo Alto Town Square. Dozens of people have posted. What is it with you people? Don't you care about ANYTHING unless it's next door to you? Or are you aware but merely resigned to your fate, assuming that you can do nothing to affect this project? Or are you simply one of those people who cruises through life blissfully unaware of everything and perfectly content just to let your housekeeper, nanny, gardener, and therapist cope with reality for you?

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Posted by Seen it before
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 23, 2007 at 3:01 pm

Stanford has a lot of loyal alumni in Menlo Park and most of them seem to think their beloved alma mater can do no wrong. However, Stanford the university and Stanford the money-making machine are two very different entities.

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