College Terrace Traffic Calming

The historical information below is from a website maintained by Paul Lomio for many years.  The links are no longer active.  More recent information is available in CTRA Minutes, eNews, and by contacting the board at board@ctra.org.

 


July 2009 Update

Please see the attached staff report for the College Terrace Traffic Calming Project to be held at the Planning and Transportation Commission Special Meeting of July 22, 2009 at 6:00 PM.

And please send your message of support for the proposed modified plan -- as soon as possible -- to planning.commission@cityofpaloalto.org


The Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC)  will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 to review the recommended modifications to the traffic calming measures currently in place in our neighborhood.

What is before the PTC is the approval of a brief trial for recommended modifications to the existing traffic calming measures along College and Yale, plus an additional speed table on California Avenue between Dartmouth and Columbia. The proposed action also includes a requirement for staff to evaluate and report back on the effectiveness of the modified plan within six months of implementation. These recommendations are supported by the residents serving on the Traffic Calming Advisory Committee as well as the CTRA Board of Directors, based on the input from many residents since January 2007.
 
If the Commission approves these recommendations, the existing traffic circles at the intersections of College/Columbia and College/Oberlin will be removed, and the median islands, speed humps and other features in the modified plan will be implemented as part of this season's repaving project. The existing speed tables on Stanford Avenue and California Avenue, which were approved by 83% of households returning postcards, will be recommended for permanent retention along with whatever ends up as the recommendation coming out of this new trial.

Residents are encouraged to make their views known to the Commissioners by:

(a) sending a message addressed to <planning.commission@cityofpaloalto.org>,  and/or
(b) coming to Wednesday's public hearing and speaking in person (3 or 5 minute limit, depending on number of speakers).

Please also share your thoughts with Board of Directors (board@ctra.org).

It’s worth remembering where we started ten years ago this month, when efforts began to consider alternative solutions for the speeding, safety and cut-through traffic that affected our neighborhood during the height of the dot-com boom. Traffic calming is defined as "the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized street users." (read more at http://www.ctra.org/traffic/learn.html ) Although there is a wide range of opinion on the value of particular traffic calming devices, the suggested modified plan is a reasonable attempt to achieve these goals and make the neighborhood a safer place for all.

Please contact Andrew Fetter <andrewfetter@yahoo.com> if you have questions or would like to get more involved on this issue.

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May 2009 Update.

Now, dear neighbors, it is up to you to take action: You all should have received the Neighborhood Survey postcard from the city. The College Terrace Traffic Advisory Committee urges you to vote YES on Step 1 and YES on Step 2 and to mail the postcard back to the city before its May 29, 2009 due date. Please be sure to write your return address on the card and apply sufficient postage (now .28 for postcards).

Read more about this recommendation here.

For a good background summary and explanation, you are encouraged to read "College Terrace Traffic Calming After Study - Meeting Discussion Item Summary Memorandum."

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Neighborhood Traffic Calming Update (March 2009)

At the neighborhood meeting on November 19, city staff and the consultant outlined the results of the evaluation phase of the original traffic calming trial and next steps.  In brief, the recommendation is to:
·      Maintain the speed tables on Stanford Avenue and California Avenue, which have reduced excessive speeding, particularly around Escondido School. An additional speed table on California between Columbia and Dartmouth would be added.
·      Remove the traffic circles at Oberlin/College and Columbia/College, and add 3 sets of median islands on College to reinforce the stop signs for College Avenue traffic and provide a safer pedestrian crossing of the wider street.
·      Preserve the traffic circles at Yale/College and Yale/Cambridge which have successfully increased safety and reduced speeds and volumes. 
·      Add four speed humps placed roughly half way between stop signs on College Avenue [These would be comparable to the speed humps found on Ross Road.]

Here is a link to a three-slide depiction of the plan (and below is a link to a fuller 19-slide presentation from the last meeting)

Further questions and comments are welcome; please contact Advisory Committee chair Andrew Fetter (andrewfetter@yahoo.com or 843-0131).


November 19, 2008: The city held a College Terrace Traffic Calming Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 19, 2008. The traffic consultant and city staff reviewed before and after volume and speed counts, and presented two possible alternatives for the residents to review in preparation for a survey that will be mailed to all College Terrace residents. The detailed presentation slides, "College Terrace Traffic Calming Project Evaluation," from this meeting, can be viewed here.

Next steps will include a survey of all residents, a tabulation of results, and a presentation to the city council.

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August 15, 2008: NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC CALMING UPDATE

By Andrew Fetter, chair of the CTRA Traffic Calming Advisory Committee

The Traffic Calming Advisory Committee and the City of Palo Alto continue to work for a long term solution of the Traffic Calming Trial.  As a result of feedback, including a petition requesting the removal of the circles, the city staff and residents serving on the advisory committee have recommended a "tweak" to the original plan which will be implemented at the end of August: the traffic circle at Hanover and College will be removed and the intersection returned to a 4 way stop, while the stop signs at Columbia and College will be "flipped" back to their pre-trial location (so that drivers on College have the stop sign). The CTRA board has also given its support to this proposal.
 
A wide range of long term options being considered include removal of most or all circles, modification of the circles with curb extensions to increase deflection, improved curb cuts, relocated/painted/raised cross-walks, additional stop signs, speed tables or humps, and mid-street islands.   Costs, engineering feasibility, and neighborhood input are a few of the variables in the complex, time consuming review. Once an agreed upon plan is reached, there will be an open neighborhood meeting and a postcard vote on the project.  To save costs, the current hope is to have the final plan in place before the scheduled repaving of College Avenue (more info on this soon).

The Committee and the neighborhood have benefited from the consistent support and collaborative input of City traffic engineer, Shahla Yazdy, and City Transportation Projects manager, Gayle Likens.

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August 13, 2008: The city's August 13, 2008 letter "College Terrace Traffic Calming Study Project Update" and its enclosure "College Terrace Speed and Volume Data" is available here.

Official city web site for this project:

www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/city_projects/transportation/college_terrace.asp

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May 19, 2008: John Mark Agosta has done a Herculean job of analyzing traffic data. He has posted it all at http://www.agosta.org/traffic/ John Mark says, "Of interest is the graphics/volume_comparisions directory that contains 64 images," available at: http://www.agosta.org/traffic/graphics/volume_comparisons/

 

May 13, 2008: After Study Data Set (produced by the city, showing volumes and speeds before and after installation of traffic calming measures).


 

November 2006.  Traffic circle construction began on Monday, November 13, 2006. 

On October 26, 2006, the city mailed to all College Terrace residents a letter "College Terrace Traffic Calming Project Notice of Start of Construction" which you can read here.

September 2006.  Now it begins!  Construction has started and very soon we will have our traffic calming measures installed.  You can view the final plan here.  It's been a long road (we petitioned the city council in September 1999) and we now have our rewards.  Kudos to the many College Terrace residents who worked hard on this, and to the city for their support, and thanks to Stanford University for the funding to make it all happen. 



TO:  HONORABLE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: CITY MANAGER         DEPARTMENT: PLANNING AND
                                                   COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT

DATE:  APRIL 24, 2006                  CMR: 202:06

SUBJECT:  COLLEGE TERRACE TRIAL TRAFFIC CALMING PROJECT
 

RECOMMENDATION
This is an information report; no Council action is required.
 
BACKGROUND
In November 2004, the City Council directed staff to implement a trial of the College Terrace Traffic Calming Plan.  The plan includes five traffic circles in the interior of the neighborhood, on Cambridge Street and on College Avenue, and a total of six speed tables on the perimeter streets, California Avenue and Stanford Avenue. (See Exhibit A). The project is scheduled to be implemented this summer for a one year trial.

Staff has completed the bid documents and is prepared to issue the request for bids by the end of April and to award the construction contract in late May.  Construction is scheduled to begin in June and be completed by August.

Staff has reviewed and discussed the construction schedule for the trial traffic calming project with Public Works and Utilities staff to identify other projects scheduled in the College Terrace neighborhood over the next 3 years and to determine any conflicts or conditions that would need to be addressed in the scheduling of or bid documents for the traffic calming project. Staff believes that this project can proceed as scheduled.

DISCUSSION
The Utilities Department has scheduled a major gas main replacement project in the College Terrace neighborhood in summer 2007.  This project will occur on the segments of Yale Street, College Avenue, and Stanford Avenue where all of the traffic circles and one of the six speed tables will be located.  At the conclusion of the gas main project, the Public Works Department plans to overlay all the streets in the College Terrace neighborhood.  This work will occur beginning in 2008, depending upon the duration of the gas main project, and take several years to complete.

Utilities staff will not begin the detailed design of the project until this fall, but the method of construction is to be directional boring rather than open trench, which will minimize the impact on the roadway or surface features such as the traffic circles.   The traffic circles are typically 23 feet in diameter and are constructed of a 2-foot wide concrete ring which is doweled into the street below with reinforcing bars.  Staff believes the presence of the traffic circles will not restrict or impede the design work for the Utilities project.  Even if Utilities needed to locate a bore pit in the concrete sections of the traffic circles, the work could proceed and the section of the traffic circle could be reconstructed at minimal cost.

Temporary traffic circles will need to be removed prior to resurfacing the College Terrace streets.  If the trial is successful and permanent traffic circles are recommended, they will be installed after the street resurfacing work is completed.

The design issues for these projects can be addressed in the plans and specifications for the College Terrace traffic calming project and through coordination with Utilities staff as the design of the gas main project proceeds. Given that the College Terrace neighborhood has awaited the installation of the traffic calming features since 2004, and that the Utilities and Public Works projects could extend through summer 2008, staff plans to move ahead with implementation of the College Terrace trial traffic calming project this summer as scheduled.

RESOURCE IMPACT
Funding of $150,000 is provided in CIP Project PL-05003 for the College Terrace traffic calming project.

Public Works Department staff has consistently raised the concern that the existing roadways and traffic control devices cannot be maintained to the level that is needed with existing contract and staff resources. The cumulative impact of the addition of new roadway features adds to this deficit in maintenance resources. Additional operational costs of maintaining these structures would need to be included in the annual operating budget.  Public Works will be able to quantify this impact once the permanent traffic calming project is determined.  This information will be included in the evaluation report to the City Council at the conclusion of the trial phase.

POLICY IMPLICATION
This project is consistent with City Council policy.

ATTACHMENTS
A. College Terrace Traffic Calming Plan Map

COURTESY COPIES
Traffic Advisory Committee of the College Terrace Residents’ Association
Jean Snider, Stanford Management Company



On June 22, 2005, the neighborhood Traffic Study Advisory Group met with city officials Joe Kott and Ashok Aggarwal.  Meeting minutes can be read here.  Ashok Aggarwal prepared visuals for the six speed tables (warning: this is a large file) to be installed in the neighborhood (this one large document has one page for each of the six speed tables, starting with Stanford/Wellesley and ending with California/Oberlin.




The College Terrace Traffic Calming Plan was presented to the Palo Alto City Council for their approval on Monday, November 22, 2004.

Below is a letter from Joe Kott to the neighborhood following the city council action:

                                                                                                                                                             November 23, 2004

Dear Friends in College Terrace,



Many thanks for your hard work and civic engagement in helping tocreate and then in advocating the traffic calming plan that wasadopted unanimously by the Palo City Council last evening. The goodwork you all did will advance the cause of traffic safety foreveryone, but especially for pedestrians and cyclists, whetherresidents of or visitors to the College Terrace neighborhood.


Congratulations on your inspiring success! The College Terracecommunity has proven that citizens working together can acteffectively to foster enlightened, humane, and community-buildingtransportation policy.


A special thanks is due to Kathy Durham, who has been for many yearssuch a leader and inspiration in Palo Alto's continuing effort tocreate a more sustainable transportation system and an even morelivable city.


As Amanda Jones would say, "Way2Go!".


Best regards,


Joe Kott

Chief Transportation Official

City of Palo Alto


The Transportation Division's staff report Trial Implementation of College Terrace Traffic Calming Planis available here.

The City Manager's Report, Recommended Trial Implementation of the Selected Traffic Calming Plan in the College Terrace Area, is available here.



Planning and Transportation Commission hearing:
On Wednesday, October 13, 2004, after more than two hours of discussion and public input from many neighborhood residents, the Planning and Transportation Commission voted 7-0 to recommend a one year trial for the College Terrace Traffic Calming Plan which was approved by 70% of the residents participating in last June's postcard survey (summary below). The minutes from that meeting are available here.   The trial, if approved by the city council, will include both before and after measures of traffic volumes and speeds on Stanford Avenue, California Avenue and open interior streets, and there will be opportunities for neighborhood input on the plan's effectiveness.

The commissioners commended both staff and residents on the traffic study advisory group for choosing moderate traffic calming measures that have been shown to reduce excessive speeds and improve safety for all users without undue impact upon motorists.  The extensive outreach and neighborhood participation, and the many thoughtful comments submitted by residents, was also noted as a model for future neighborhood projects.  The Commission recommendation will next go to the City Council for further public hearing and action.
 

Results of the residents' mail-in survey cards:

Final official tally of survey responses by the Transportation Division: 403 households returned cards; this equals 48.1% of non vacant College Terrace households.

Breakdown:

Plan A        Plan B        Neither      Blank/more than one choice
278               69               51                           5                              Total = 403
69.0%         17.1%        12.7%                     1.2%

Residents made a number of comments and these can be read here.
 
 

Plan A and Plan B (defined in the city’s mailing) were developed with extensive resident input over the past eight months.

Both the CTRA Board of Directors and the Traffic Study Advisory Group have voted to recommend Plan A (the Physical Measures/Base Plan).

* Members of the Traffic Study Advisory Group include John Mark Agosta and Paul Garrett (California  Avenue), Paul Lomio (College Avenue), John Ciccarelli (Yale), Virginia Ferguson (Cornell), Emily Marshall (Princeton), Kim Raftery (Harvard), Grace Liu and Louise Roche (Hanover), Kathy Durham (Dartmouth), Sharon Andrews and Steve Woodward (Stanford Avenue).

Need more information?  Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (note:  This is a 2 page document with an odd page break; be sure to scroll down to the second page for the important question about project financing).
 

Maps of the final plans:

Here are detailed maps showing Plan A and Plan B.

    Note:  These are slow-loading files.  And you may need to adjust the size in your toolbar to read them better.


How we got to where we are
 

Since the second neighborhood-wide meeting on March 18th, members of the study Advisory Group have been collecting residents’ input on the four draft options presented by the consultant (see descriptions below).  Advisory Group members have hosted information tables at the spring picnic, in front of the JJ&F grocery store and at the Yale/College barrier.  They have also invited nearby neighbors to 8 localized outreach meetings in front yards all over our neighborhood.

A video of the March 18 proceeding can be viewed here  (a copy of the tape is also available for overnight checkout from the College Terrace branch library).   Alternatively, please send an e-mail including phone number to board@ctra.org and a member of the Advisory Group will respond promptly.

The third neighborhood-wide meeting was held on May 25, and a video of that proceeding is also available for online viewing or checkout from the library.  At this meeting the consultants presented final options based on the residential input (summary coming soon) and professional experience.  The next step is that a packet of information will be delivered to each household and a postcard mailed to each address for residents to vote their preference.  The major changes resulting from this meeting and advisory group input are as follows:

    Under Low Option:  "Neighborhood traffic watch" signs are added at either end (or gateway to) of Stanford Ave.and California Ave., and 25 mph markings
    are added.

    Under Base Option:
        Moving the speed table on Stanford Avenue near Wellesley to a location farther from homes and closer to the church.
        Changing stop control at College/Columbia, so that stop signs will be located on Columbia Street.
        Not using a partial closure on Yale between Cambridge and California but instead installing a T-circle there.

At this third meeting, Jim West presented a chart showing the results of a Boulder, Colorado noise study of noise levels associated with the traffic features which are under consideration for College Terrace.
 

What options were considered?

The following information summarizes the four options presented at the March 18th meeting.  These options are being revised based on input received from residents, and updated information will be posted here as soon as it is available (late May).  Each household will also receive a newsletter and a packet from the city describing the final options included in the upcoming advisory survey.

1.  Existing Option.  No traffic calming measures added or removed from the neighborhood.

2.  Low Option/Plan B.  This option relies on electronic speed readout signs, pavement legends and other educational efforts to reduce speeding on the two collector streets, California Avenue and Stanford Avenue (two electronic signs for each street, similar to those on Embarcadero near Bryant and on Channing near Addison).  All other traffic controls remain the same.

3.  Base Option/Plan A  The base option is fully funded and uses active traffic calming measures to reduce excessive speeds and enhance safety for all users. On California Avenue and Stanford Avenue, excessive speeds would be reduced by speed tables and raised crosswalks similar to those now in place on Channing Avenue between Addison Avenue and Duveneck school.    This option further calls for the installation of four traffic circles on College Avenue; at Yale, Oberlin, Hanover and Columbia.  Stop signs might be switched at the College/Columbia intersection (stop signs placed on Columbia) and the four-way stop at College/Hanover may be changed to a two-way stop (signs on Hanover).  To counter extremely heavy cut-through traffic on Yale Street between California Avenue and Cambridge Street, the plan suggests making it one-way so that motorists could not  turn left onto Yale from Cambridge; this is now under final review, however, and a speed table or traffic circle (a T-circle) may be placed on Yale instead of a partial diverter.

4.  Enhanced Option.  This option incorporates a variety of measures that could be added to the base plan as additional funding is acquired, including the electronic speed signs from the Low Option, an additional speed table, a center island, a bulbout, and a center median on one of the raised crosswalks.   In addition, mid-block speed humps would be proposed as contingency measures for open interior streets, but only if speeds or volumes increase after the implementation of the base option.  To fully effect the enhanced option additional funding would need to be obtained from other sources.
 



College Terrace Traffic Calming Progress 2002-2003

On May 1, 2003, Kathy Durham, Grace Liu, Paul Lomio and Louise Roche met with representatives from the City of Palo Alto and Stanford University to begin a traffic calming program for College Terrace.  On May 13, 2003, Joe Kott, from the City of Palo Alto, promulgated the final draft of the College Terrace Traffic Calming Plan Scope of Work, a document inviting bids from traffic consultants.

In July, 2003 the City of Palo Alto contracted with Kimley-Horn Associates of Pleasanton, California, "an established and highly-regarded traffic engineering firm with offices nationwide." (Joe Kott).   We and the city will be working with Jim West, of Kimley-Horn; Jim has experience in preparing traffic calming and traffic management plans for Belmont, Menlo Park, and Lafayette, California, as well as for Eugene and Clackamas County, Oregon.

The first meeting with the consultants was held on August 19, 2003.  Read the Summary of Advisory Committee Meeting #1 minutes and its companion document, College Terrace Traffic Calming Plan Project Schedule.

The first neighborhood-wide meeting on the College Terrace Traffic Study was held on Tuesday, November 18, 2003, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Escondido Elementary School Library.   At this well-attended meeting, city Transportation Division staff and consultants from Kimley-Horn presented their analysis of the data collected and listened to residents share their concerns and experiences.

We now have a range of important documentation from Kimley-Horn about the traffic situation in College Terrace, including the following materials:

Final Existing Conditions Report:  College Terrace Traffic Management Program (December 30, 2003)

    Individual Charts and Figures from above report:

        College Terrace - Cut Through Traffic AM (perimeter and interior streets)

        AM Cut-through (Percentage on Interior Streets)

        College Terrace - Cut Through Traffic PM (perimeter and interior streets)

        PM Cut Through (Percentage on Interior & Border Streets)

        85th Percentile Speeds 1999-2002

        College Terrace - Excessive Speeding Summary

        Traffic Volume Increases 1974-2002


During April and May of 2002 the city of Palo Alto, with the able assistance of 56 College Terrace resident-volunteers (see May 5th issue of CTRA E-News), conducted a study which measured speeds, volumes, and, for the first time, the proportion of cut-through traffic. You can view a map showing traffic study locations here (note:  this is a large, slow-loading pdf file).

Kathy Durham, CTRA President, has produced a very useful summary chart which compares 1974 (before and after barrier installation), 1999 and 2002 speed and volume information.  Detailed analysis of the hose counts from the 2002 study can be found below, under "2002 College Terrace Traffic Study, Speed [and Volume] Survey Summaries, prepared by Baymetrics Traffic Resources."

Summary charts for the cut-through traffic study are available for the following test periods:  April 30, 2002, from 6:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.; April 30, 2002, from 3:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.; and May 1, 2002, 3:55 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.  The April 30 surveys measured interior street cut-through and the May 1 survey measured cut-through on a perimeter cordon.


2002 College Terrace Traffic Study, Speed [and Volume] Survey Summaries, prepared by Baymetrics Traffic Resources
    Charts showing summary data from speed and volume hose counts have been
    prepared for the streets listed below.
        Amherst between College & California, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Amherst between College & California, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Bowdoinbetween College & California, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Bowdoin between College & California, Northbound, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        California between Dartmouth & Columbia, Westbound,  Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        California between Dartmouth & Columbia, Eastbound, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        California between Dartmouth & Columbia, (Westbound and Eastbound) Thursday, May 16, 2002
        California between Wellesley & Cornell, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        California between Wellesley & Cornell, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        California between El Camino Real & Yale,(Westbound and Eastbound), Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        California between El Camino Real & Yale, (Westbound and Eastbound) Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Cambridge between El Camino Real & Yale, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Cambridge between El Camino Real & Yale, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        College between Hanover & Dartmouth (Westbound and Eastbound), Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        College between Hanover & Dartmouth, Westbound, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        College between Hanover & Dartmouth, Eastbound, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        College between Oberlin & Harvard, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        College between Oberlin & Harvard, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        College between Wellesley & Cornell, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        College between Wellesley & Cornell, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        College between Staunton & Yale, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        College between Staunton & Yale,  Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Columbia between College & California, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Columbia between College & California, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Cornell between College & California, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Cornell between College & California, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Hanover between Stanford & College, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Hanover between Stanford & College,Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Harvard between Stanford & College, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Harvard between Stanford & College,Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Oberlin between Stanford & College, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Oberlin between Stanford & College, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Princeton between College & California, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Princeton between College & California, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        StanfordEast of Bowdoin, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Stanford East of Bowdoin, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Stanford West of Bowdoin, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Stanford West of Bowdoin, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Stanford West of Cornell, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Stanford West of Cornell, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Stanford West of El Camino Real, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Stanford West of El Camino Real, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Staunton between Oxford & College, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Staunton between Oxford & College, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Williams between College & California, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Williams between College & California, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Yale between Cambridge & California, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Yale between Cambridge & California, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Yale between Stanford & Oxford, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Yale between Stanford & Oxford, Thursday, May 16, 2002
 

2002 Stanford Avenue Radar Speed Counts by BayMetrics
  Here are six pdf files for the radar speed counts that
  BayMetrics did on Stanford Avenue in three different places (West of
  El Camino, East of Bowdoin, and West of Bowdoin) on the two days that
  they collected hose-count data.
        Stanford Avenue West of Bowdoin, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Stanford Avenue West of Bowdoin, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Stanford Avenue East of Bowdoin, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Stanford Avenue East of Bowdoin, Thursday, May 16, 2002
        Stanford Avenue West of El Camino Real, Wednesday, May 15, 2002
        Stanford Avenue West of El Camino Real, Thursday, May 16, 2002


1999 College Terrace Traffic Study:
        Speeds
        Volumes


Smaller focus studies include (full text of these will be scanned and posted as time permits):

    1117 California Avenue Traffic Impact Study, prepared by Fehr & Peers Associates, Inc., September 29, 1999

    1117 California Avenue Supplemental Traffic Report, prepared by Fehr & Peers Associates, Inc., October 28, 1999

            This report did include a study of cut-through traffic on Princeton Street, and found the proportion
            of such cut-through traffic to be as high as 71%:

            "A travel survey was conducted to estimate the proportion of College Terrace residents
            among motorists entering and exiting the College Terrace neighborhood from Princeton
          Street.  It was found that, of those motorists who were willing to participate in the survey
           during the AM and PM peak periods, 29 percent and 50 percent were residents of
            the neighborhood, respectively." . . . (p. 2)

            "During the morning peak period . . . a total of 71 vehicles passed through the survey
            location.  Of those vehicles, 38 (54%) participated in the survey and 33 (46%) did not.
            Of those who participated, 11 (29%) reported that they were residents and 27 (71%)
            were non-residents.

            "During the evening peak period . . . , 49 vehicles passed through the survey location.
            Of those vehicles, 42 (86%) participated in the survey and 7 (14%) did not.  . . .
            Of those who participated in the evening survey, 21 (50%) were residents and 21
            (50%) were non-residents.  The survey results are summarized in Table 1 and provided
            in Appendix A." (p. 8)



 

 

The College Terrace Traffic Committee is closely following the El Camino Real / Caltrans Demonstration Grant Project (the traffic patterns along El Camino Real most definitely affect cut-through traffic in College Terrace, plus the highway is one of our neighborhood's borders).   For more information, see the city's web page on this project.  Questions or comments may be sent to John Ciccarelli, CTRA's representative on the study advisory committee. For more on the goals of this project and what it might mean for the future of our neighborhood, plus useful links, please visit our El Camino Real page.

For more information or to get more involved, please contact Paul Lomio.

You can learn more about the activities of the College Terrace Traffic Calming Task Force by reading its meeting minutes.
 
 
 




 

Last updated November 24, 2008