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Mar 01

SamTrans offers free rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Posted to Menlo Park COVID-19 Updates by Clay Curtin

SamTrans is now offering free bus rides on existing service to COVID-19 vaccination sites for people living or working within San Mateo County. For people interested in the free bus ride, passengers going to a vaccination site must let the bus operator know as soon as they board the bus and show proof of the vaccine appointment or a vaccination card. Fares to vaccination sites are waived until further notice.

Redi-Wheels and Redi-Coast paratransit services will also offer eligible participants free rides to and from vaccination sites. Riders need to indicate while booking their reservation that the trip is for the purpose of a COVID-19 vaccination. Staff will then alert the driver that the rider is not required to pay the fare.

All of SamTrans' buses are accessible, and many persons with disabilities are able to use the regular fixed-route bus service. However, if you are unable to use fixed-route transit for some or all of your trips, you may be eligible for paratransit. If you are unsure, call SamTrans at 650-508-6241. Reservations are available with the paratransit program for certified customers. Riders may call to reserve a trip from one to seven days in advance and any cancellations must be made at least two hours before your scheduled pickup time.

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Mar 01

Air district announces $6 million in grant funds for EV charging stations

Posted to Menlo Park Sustainability News by Clay Curtin

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is offering grant funding to increase access to electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces, multifamily dwelling units and public locations. The Charge! Program helps offset the purchase and installation costs for new publicly accessible EV chargers. A total of $6 million in grant funding is available, with applications due March 18.

Applicants must attend a pre-application workshop before submitting an application. The next workshop is March 2, 2021, at 1 p.m., with online registration. Please visit the Charge! Program website for more information about the grant.

The Charge! Program can help our community achieve one of its 2030 Climate Action Plan goals to expand EV charging infrastructure, especially in existing multifamily buildings. The transportation sector is Menlo Park's largest source of carbon emissions and these emissions trap heat inside the atmosphere. Transitioning from gasoline vehicles to electric ones would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and save money.

The City’s electric vehicle webpage provides several federal, state and local resources to help potential EV buyers make informed decisions on their next car purchases.

Mar 06

The Safe Routes to School program want to hear from you!

Posted to Menlo Park Transportation News by Clay Curtin

The purpose of Menlo Park's Safe Routes to Schools program is to enhance access to all schools that serve Menlo Park residents. The City leads the preparation of a Safe Routes to Schools plan with a particular focus on gathering input and feedback from school students, parents and residents near the school. The plans are also prepared in close coordination with the school district and administration.

We would like to hear your story! Walking and rolling to school or around your community is an opportunity to safely socialize and connect with your loved ones, (re)discover your neighborhood and get some fresh air. All those benefits are especially important during these challenging times. The Safe Routes to School team would like to share with the Menlo Park community moments and anecdotes where walking and biking was a joyful moment. Let us know what you like about walking or rolling to school or anywhere. Please send your story with a photo to Safe Routes to School Coordinator Andre-Anne Cadieux.

Please remember during these times practice safety precautions like staying home if you feel sick, wearing a mask in public and washing your hands often.