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Belle Haven Residents Demand Dumbarton Bike Path, Bus Lanes on Bayfront Expressway

Belle Haven residents and community members sent a clear message to SamTrans at a September 25 community meeting on the agency’s new Dumbarton Corridor Transportation Plan. A walking and bicycling path along the train tracks is desired, and bus traffic should stay in bus lanes on Bayfront Expressway and not on neighborhood streets.

But the Mercury News coverage of the meeting is silent on the public’s reaction to the proposed “freeway-izing” of Bayfront, which is currently flat no grade separations. Perhaps no one commented on the plan’s call for billions of dollars in flyover ramps at University Avenue, Willow Road, and Marsh Road in order for car traffic to bypass those intersections without stopping. A tunnel to place four lanes of car traffic under Willow Road is also proposed.

SamTrans declines to comment on how many automobile trips would induced by the highway expansion projects, which would entail constructing in protected wetlands. The agency also refused to quantify how many walking and bicycling trips would be generated and how many motorized trips would be reduced by building a multi-use path along the Dumbarton tracks from Middlefield Road in North Fair Oaks to University Avenue in East Palo alto.

Transit improvements: Menlo Park backs neighborhood’s concerns, September 28