July 30, 2017

Important Dumbarton Study To Be Released August 2

With Bay Area residents eager to address regional traffic problems, the San Mateo County Transit District is releasing a study about how to improve the oft-congested Dumbarton corridor.

The report funded by a $1.2 million donation from Menlo Park tech-giant Facebook will be released next week just as a negotiations over a regional transportation funding measure trickle through the Legislature.

SamTrans' Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Study considered a variety of short-,medium-and long-term improvements for the South Bay corridor spanning San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties. Ideas range from improving traffic signals to increasing express bus service and rehabilitating the unused rail bridge for a new train system.

"We looked at a myriad of possibilities and really compared them by looking at how much ridership we can potentially generate, which translates to them getting out of their cars," said April Chan, chief officer of planning and grants with the Transportation Authority.

The thrust of the study was driven in part by efforts to make use of the Dumbarton Rail Bridge, an aged structure owned by SamTrans immediately south of the car bridge Highway 84. It's a rare opportunity to create another east-west route in the environmentally-sensitive San Francisco Bay.

Continue reading the "Dumbarton Study Slated for Release" story by Samantha Weigel in the San Mateo Daily Journal >>

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