Better Options for Housing and Transportation

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Taming Traffic - Thursday, March 23

We all know how atrocious commute traffic has become. Since Palo Alto is home to over 90,000 jobs, we bear one of the worst commute burdens in the Bay Area.  With few coordinated or effective transit options beyond Caltrain, a patchwork and high-stress bicycling network, the best option for most people is still a single occupancy vehicle (SOV).  On average, 75% of Palo Alto commuters use an SOV, but it’s as high as 90% in less transitable areas.

While it feels like there is no relief in sight, some effective tools for taming traffic are quietly being honed by community members who have long time roots in Palo Alto and the Peninsula.  Come hear them share their methodology for reducing traffic, reflect on the process and explain how other companies or institutions can apply these evidence based tactics to begin Taming Traffic.   

Panelists:

Evan GoldinDirector of Product & Design at Chariot
A Palo Alto native, Evan was the first product manager at ride-sharing app Lyft, helped create the app and scale it to hundreds of cities nationwide. He also started the Lyft for Work team, which created easy ways to employers to reduce SOV usage by giving them Lyft credits for commuting or business travel — tools now used by hundreds of Peninsula companies. In addition, he led an innovative effort to transform Lyft's own commute habits by charging its own employees to park and redirecting the funds to alternative transportation. He now leads the Product and Design teams at Chariot, a SF-based, on-demand shuttle system.

Jamie Jarvis — Transportation Demand Manager, Stanford Research Park

With over twenty years’ experience in Transportation Demand Management, Jamie uses her expertise to develop and implement effective transportation programs for Stanford Research Park companies and commuters. Before joining Stanford, Jamie founded Commute Smart where she coordinated transportation programs for prominent Silicon Valley employers, including Apple, Adobe, eBay, Hewlett Packard, SAP and Intuit.

Co-Sponsored by Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Palo Alto League of Women Voters, and Imagine Menlo.


We are a group of residents interested in crafting a vision for the future of Palo Alto that expands choice, opportunity and quality of life. We believe in approaching challenges like traffic and parking with a "can-do" attitude and believe there are positive outcomes and opportunities when we plan for future growth holistically and in strategic locations.

We are a coalition of all ages: some who are younger energetic, and optimistic that creative thinking can solve challenges many find impossible; others who are older, experienced, and keen to pass on a legacy of innovation, opportunity, great schools and amenities to future generations. We live in South Palo Alto, North Palo Alto, and the midtown neighborhoods. We own and rent. We have young children and children who have left the nest. We walk and bike and drive but we all wish we had better options.

We have one year to shape Palo Alto's new Comprehensive Plan, which will set housing and transportation policy until 2030. We invite you to join us as we engage with City Council members and city staff to champion better options for housing and transportation.  We need your help to make this vision a reality!

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