Planning for future transportation

What needs to be considered in transportation planning?

There are many factors to consider when planning transportation and developing the TMP. Some of these include:

  • Menlo Park transportation vision: The City of Menlo Park, including elected officials, commissioners, residents and community members, all have ideas about what transportation should look like in Menlo Park.
  • Existing conditions: We need to understand the current transportation system, including both effective and problematic components.
  • Regional transportation: Agencies like Caltrans, Caltrain, SamTrans and nearby cities also have plans for their transportation systems. We need to understand these and integrate them into our planning process.
  • Community values: People who live, work and play in Menlo Park use our roads, trails and transit regularly. We want your help to understand existing conditions, and your ideas for how a successful transportation system could work in the future.

How is the project team developing a new TMP for Menlo Park?

The Menlo Park TMP project team will complete the following activities over the coming year:

Transportation planning has traditionally happened in an adhoc fashion, project by project. To help us build our understanding of existing conditions, we will review and summarize many past studies. We will also gather input from the community about their experiences using transportation systems in Menlo Park. This will allow us to compare and prioritize the recommendations identified in other studies, and identify where they are complementary and where conflicts need to be resolved.

How can I be involved?

There will be two phases of public engagement for this project, during which you will have many opportunities to be involved. If you live, work, or play in Menlo Park, we want to know about your transportation experience to help us build the TMP.

Phase 1 – Now

  • Online open house: This online open house will help us build our understanding of existing conditions and community values.
  • Summer events: Come visit us in person at the Aug. 16 Downtown Block Party 2017 and Aug. 22 Summer Concert at Kelly Park to learn more and let us know what you think.
  • Walk shops: We will host walking workshops in areas we’ve identified as high priorities for transportation improvements. These walk shops are currently planned for the first week of September and will be posted on the City's website as soon as the dates and locations are finalized. 

Phase 2 – Early 2018

The second public engagement phase will be in early 2018, after we’ve worked with the community to prepare a preliminary list of strategies. We will want your input on these strategies, and will implement both an online and an in-person open house.