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Managers Mobility Partnership

What are we doing?

The Managers Mobility Partnership is an agreement between the managers of four Silicon Valley cities (Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City and Menlo Park) and Stanford University. The five partners agreed in May 2016 to work jointly to address transportation challenges facing their communities (read their signed compact). Joint Venture convenes the five entities and provides staffing and administrative support.

Thus far the group is working on bicycle infrastructure across their communities, by (1) exploring bike sharing programs, and the possibility of providing those services as a unified collation of cities; (2) filling the gaps in their north-south bike corridors, and improving the connections between their communities, so that there will be an interconnected regional network.

The group is also engaging Stanford students in the public policy and engineering programs, who are providing research and policy analysis.

Why are we doing it?

Because of population growth and the prodigious expansion of the Silicon Valley economy, the mobility challenges facing these communities are legion. Nor are they confined to a single community, because people’s travel and commute patterns typically cross multiple jurisdictions. For this reason, the senior managers and planners of these communities have agreed they cannot tackle their transportation issues in isolation. Instead, the communities are working in a framework of collaboration and cooperation.

Who's involved?

The Managers Mobility Partnership is carried out by the city managers in the four cities, and the senior associate vice president of Stanford University:

  • James Keene, City of Palo Alto
  • Melissa Stevenson Diaz, City of Redwood City
  • Daniel H. Rich, City of Mountain View
  • Alex D. McIntyre, City of Menlo Park
  • Lesley Lowe, Stanford University

The group also encompasses the senior transportation and planning officials of each locality.

What are the latest developments?

  • The group explored a common approach toward joining the Ford GoBike program, but it was not viable without significant subsidies. The Partnership members are continuing to explore a variety of bike-share ideas and issues, including developing a standard regulatory framework.
  • In early 2017 the four cities all adopted the same resolution (Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City) agreeing to short term improvements for a connected Peninsula Bikeway and committing to a collaborative process with community engagement to develop a new, long-term, Class 4 bikeway connecting the four cities.
  • In July 2017 the MMP sent a letter to Caltrain expressing concerns with the proposed fare increases for GoPasses.

What are the next steps?

The interim Peninsula Bikeway is expected to be equipped with signage and operational in May 2018.

The group will continue to work on bike issues and also has plans to tackle other sub-regional transportation challenges, including:

  1. The walkability in their communities, particularly in corridors traversing cities.
  2. Optimizing choices that address the first- and last-mile problems, including shuttles, car sharing services, and various forms of transit.
  3. Advocating enhanced service on Caltrain, including greater frequencies and other capacity upgrades.
  4. Improving traffic signal coordination and other “smart” approaches to travel on the major arterials, across all modes.

Best practices and regional solutions will be shared with other neighboring communities.

Where do I find out more?

To learn more about the Managers Mobility Partnership initiative or request a briefing, please contact:

Melinda Chacon
Joint Venture Silicon Valley

(408) 298-9330

Mobility

Joint Venture is actively involved in addressing the transportation challenges facing our region by creating partnerships among communities to work on mobility issues across multiple jurisdictions. Projects include bike share programs, walkability options, improved transit, traffic signal coordination and other “smart” approaches to travel on the major arterials, across all modes.