As a San Mateo County Supervisor, I am committed to finding smart and innovative solutions to reduce the region’s growing issue of traffic and congestion -- which greatly impacts residents of San Mateo County.
In 2017 I was appointed to represent the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and helps support the network of transit services and resources that serve the region, including SamTrans, Caltrain and Redi-Wheels in San Mateo County. As San Mateo County’s representative to MTC, I have been a vocal proponent of keeping our transportation network strong and functional. I believe this is critical to the economic vitality of the region, the health of our environment, and the quality of life for all county residents.
Transportation is one of my top priorities as Supervisor. Reducing traffic congestion, repairing our local roads and fixing potholes, supporting alternative transit options like rail, bus, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities are goals that I believe that we can all get behind. I am proud to be a leading voice on the following initiatives:
Dumbarton Transportation Corridor
The Dumbarton Transportation Corridor is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a transportation network that will help ease current traffic congestion and establish another link between the Peninsula and East Bay. It will transform the connectivity, accessibility, and efficiency of transit in the Bay Area for the long-range future. The proposed Dumbarton project would make changes to the Dumbarton highway bridge, as well as rehabilitate the old Dumbarton rail bridge that runs parallel to the highway bridge with new rail tracks. The idea of rebuilding the Dumbarton rail bridge has been around for more than 30 years, but each time efforts have failed. Finally, this project has the momentum it needs to suceed. Last December, SamTrans took a major step and adopted the final version of the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Study. I am a major proponent of the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor project, both the rail and highway components, and of the inclusion of a bicycle/pedestrian path along the corridor. I am pleased with the progress we are making towards seeing this become a reality. In 2016, I spoke at the 47th annual Progress Seminar and talked about the potential of the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor to get cars off our congested roads and yield a cleaner environment. I am committed to doing everything I can to move this important project forward.
You can read what I’ve said about the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor:
- Dumbarton Transportation Corridor "needs to rise to the top of the list" says Supervisor Slocum
- Adoption of Final Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Study
- Growing Momentum for the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Improvements
- Dumbarton Rail Bridge is a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity
- Making the Case for Dumbarton Rail
- Facebook funding could drive new train connecting Peninsula, East Bay
- Guest opinion: Relieve traffic congestion by reviving a rail line
- Dumbarton Rail Update - A Sation on Middlefield Road
I am a strong supporter of creating managed High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in San Mateo County on Highway 101. A managed lane is a lane that carpoolers, vanpools and bus riders take for free, while also offering other vehicles the option to pay a toll to use the lane. This will allow for more flexibility and options for commuters and create much needed revenue from toll-paying vehicles to go towards other transportation projects. Toll levels vary by time of day and congestion level. In other words, the cost to drive alone in a managed lane during the peak hour of the morning commute will cost more than it does to drive in the lane during times with lighter traffic. Managed HOV lanes offer increased flexibility over regular carpool HOV lanes because they use real-time traffic condition information to ensure that traffic flows at the maximum speed possible. In Alameda County, the Interstate 580 express lanes, which cover 11 miles eastbound and 14 miles westbound between Dublin and Livermore, has been in operation just over a year and has produced more than $9 million in net revenue from tolls. With the addition of managed lanes on Highway 101, we would help ease traffic and raise funds for other crucial infrastructure improvements: a win-win!
Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
I am also focused on ensuring our community has safe and accessible bicycle and pedestrian facilities. With so many competing transportation priorities in the region, it is important that improved bicycle and pedestrian conditions are not neglected. As part of the North Fair Oaks Middlefield Redesign Plan, my staff and I worked with the North Fair Oaks Forward Team to outline steps to improve bicycle connectivity in the North Fair Oaks community. The Plan includes additional designated bicycle facilities such as bike lanes and paths, and improving the safety of existing infrastructure, like secure bike parking in commercial areas. I am also a supporter of San Mateo County’s Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which was adopted in 2011. The plan aims to implement an interconnected system of safe, convenient and universally accessible bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the county, for both transportation and recreation purposes. Additionally, as part of the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor, I am supportive of a safe bicycle and pedestrian multi-use path on the proposed right-of-way.
It is vital that the Caltrain Modernization Plan, which aims to electrify Caltrain’s commuter rail systems by 2022, stays on track and is completed within the next five years. Electrification of Caltrain means quieter, cleaner, and improved service for riders. These improvements will benefit residents of the county for many years to come.
I welcome input from all my constituents -- drivers, carpoolers, bus and train riders, cyclists and anyone else who cares about mobility and quality of life in this county.
For comments, questions, or concerns, please don't hesitate to communicate with me directly at (650) 363-4570 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Metropolitan Transportation Commission
- Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Final Study, November 2017
- San Mateo County Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan