City Planning Studies


Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing

On Monday, May 2, 2016, members of the Menlo Park community will have an opportunity to give input on the study to separate Ravenswood Avenue from the Caltrain railroad tracks. The first of three community meetings is set for Monday, May 2, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center’s Oak Room.

The project will evaluate the feasibility of replacing the existing at-grade crossing of the Caltrain tracks at Ravenswood Avenue and possibly at Oak Grove, Glenwood and Encinal Avenues with grade separations.


El Camino Real Corridor Study

Vehicle And Bike Traffic Management The City is conducting the El Camino Real Corridor Study to review potential transportation and safety improvements to El Camino Real. This study is considering alternatives to allow for either the addition of a bicycle lane or an additional through lane, for a total of three vehicle lanes in each direction between Sand Hill Road and Encinal Avenue, and will evaluate potential impacts to traffic, active transportation, safety, parking and aesthetics.

View more about The El Camino Real Corridor Study including the July 2015 study report.

Status: The City is currently preparing a field trial for bike lanes on El Camino.


A More Vibrant Santa Cruz Avenue

In May 2014 The City Council approved a Santa Cruz Avenue Enhanced On-Street Seating Pilot that would enable downtown restaurants to offer outside dining on street space.

More outdoor dining coming to Menlo Park (Almanac Story – January 2015)

Status:   Two years after the program launch only the Left Bank received approval (2015) and another 5 or 6 businesses are still waiting for the City to finalize the approval process. (April 2016).


Downtown Parking

Downtown Menlo Parking Plan

There is currently a perception that parking assets in the downtown area are not efficiently timed to make parking available for visitors or customers when they need it. Community members indicated that parking time limits were too short to support the commercial and retail uses that exist on Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Avenue, and Oak Grove Avenue.In order to address the above issues, the city developed the Downtown Menlo Parking Plan. This plan was developed to include a detailed analysis of current parking usage and to utilize extensive outreach to the downtown community via a survey and a series of three public workshops. The plan made recommendations to better manage the current parking supply which could be implemented quickly such as providing paid parking options at Parking Plazas 1 and 5 and converting 2-hour parking spaces on Santa Cruz Avenue to 1-hour parking spaces.

Menlo Park prepares to take on downtown parking garage issue

The Planning Commission signed off on its suggested capital improvement priorities on Jan. 12, and one recommendation is to move a study of the feasibility of building a parking garage downtown from the “unfunded” to the “funded” column.

According to the draft capital improvement plan, a study of the cost, site, circulation, feasibility and construction of building one or more parking garages on parking plazas 1, 2, or 3 would cost approximately $200,000.

Status: See detailed information on this website.


Oak Grove Bike Corridor Study

This idea has been floating around for many years.

Status: The city is currently considering a field trial but there is no written project study . See detailed information on this website.

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