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Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and County Park is Midpen’s most visited preserve—welcoming nearly 700,000 visitors per year.  Located close to many communities and providing easy access to a large network of trails and wonderful opportunities to connect with nature, parking demand is high during peak hours.  

Over the past year and a half, Midpen has explored and evaluated non-motorized mobility, transit options and parking alternatives for Rancho San Antonio Preserve to encourage visitors to opt for greener forms of transportation and reduce parking demand and traffic, while maintaining equitable access for both local and regional visitors. The draft final of the strategies report is available below.

DRAFT FINAL Multimodal Access Strategies Report

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Public Meeting

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7 p.m.

At this meeting the Midpen board of directors will review, provide feedback and affirm the recommended transportation demand management strategies.

Midpen welcomes and encourages the public to attend our board meetings and to participate in the decision-making process. Instructions on how to attend are available in the meeting agenda link above. Members of the public may provide written comments or register to make oral comments at the meeting, by submitting a public comment form.

Goals and Objectives

To better understand the underlying causes for the parking and access challenges and develop effective strategies to address them, the Multimodal Access Study was developed to:

  • Evaluate existing parking and access conditions.
  • Understand how visitors access the preserve.
  • Identify strategies to encourage other modes of travel and reduce parking demand.

Project Highlights

The Revised Draft Rancho San Antonio Multimodal Access Strategies Report is now available. The report compiles information and research and provides strategies to improve visitor accessibility and expand transportation choices that align with Midpen’s mission, and a final draft will be presented to the board of directors for review and approval.

During the study Midpen also implemented several short-term measures to improve the parking issues:

  • Educational efforts to promote ridesharing and alternative transportation
  • Installed additional bike racks
  • Enhanced preserve wayfinding signage for local visitors to bike or walk to the preserve
  • Designated a rideshare drop-off/pick up area
  • Partnered with the City of Cupertino on a community shuttle service pilot
  • Highlighted transit and bicycle access routes on the Midpen website

Next Steps

On April 28, 2021, the Midpen board of directors will review recommendations on potential strategies to encourage visitors to use use greener modes of transportation and reduce parking demand and traffic.

Timeline

June 2017 Agency stakeholder meeting to brainstorm strategies to address parking and access issues
April 2019 Planning and Natural Resources Committee review
June 26, 2019 Scope of work and short-term measures presented to and approved by the board
September 25, 2019 Award of contract for consultant by the board
Fall 2019 Began Parking and Transportation Demand Analysis
March 11, 2020 Board of directors received a status update on short-term measures
September 22, 2020 Planning and Natural Resources Committee review of preliminary findings
January 26, 2021 Planning and Natural Resources Committee review of transportation demand strategy scores and recommendations
April 28, 2021 Board of directors review of Rancho San Antonio Multimodal Access Strategies Report findings and recommendations.
Future Next Steps Develop plan of implementation and scope of work for recommendations.

Key Stakeholders and Partners

Stakeholders in this project include:

  • Santa Clara County Parks
  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • City of Mountain View
  • City of Cupertino
  • City of Los Altos
  • City of Los Altos Hills
  • City of Sunnyvale
  • Montclaire Elementary School (CUSD)

Public Input

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Contact

Tina Hugg, Project Planner at thugg@openspace.org or phone (650) 691-1200, California Relay Service: dial 711