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City considers fees to reduce commuters

Original post made on May 1, 2014

Though Google and others expressed concerns about potential unintended consequences, on Monday City Council members supported the use of "congestion pricing" as a way to enforce proposed limits on commuter traffic into the city's growing North Bayshore office park.

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a resident of Bailey Park
on May 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

first post!

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Posted by SimpleAnswers
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Council is missing the point once again!

To really affect traffic, quality of life, and cost of housing in Mountain View, we need to restrict the growth of jobs first and most. Put a FREEZE on all new office space in Mountain View.

That stops the bleeding and gives everyone a chance to work on other solutions.

A fee on commuters to North Bayshore has lots of tradeoffs. For one thing, it likely increase rents and housing costs in the rest of MV since Googlers will want even more to live here so they can bike to work.

Much better to freeze new office space, and encourage Google and others to build HOUSING in North Bayshore. That extra supply will help on housing costs in the rest of MV, plus it can help reduce traffic and bike/car issues by putting housing very close to those jobs.

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Posted by concerned citizen
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 2, 2014 at 11:52 pm

@Simpleanswers - I could not agree more, we need a FREEZE on new office space.

About housing in North Bayshore - Every sf of housing is one sf less of office space. So, maybe it's the best direction to go - with a mix of housing types - including low income, family-oriented, and ownership.

The thing is, though, I doubt that Google would be interested in supporting housing. Why would they? They want to expand into that 3.4 million sf of new office space that Council and Planning are apparently assuming is a done deal.

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