San Mateo Walks to Transit
San Mateo Walks to Transit is a comprehensive study meant to identify transit-connected pedestrian improvements in our City. We want to ensure a safe, connected, and comfortable path of travel to transit. The outcome of the project will be a Transit-Oriented Development Pedestrian Access Plan that focuses on improving conditions around our three Caltrain stations (Downtown, Hillsdale, Hayward Park) and El Camino Real.
What does this mean for YOU?
We need your input on:
- Which streets and intersections to prioritize around transit; and
- What types of improvements are most important?
The first step of the process is to identify existing barriers
and anticipated needs for pedestrians accessing transit. To do this, we will evaluate existing transportation and safety conditions, consider future developments, and ask the community (you!) to share your thoughts and experiences walking to transit. Share your feedback and take a short survey by selecting the orange "Show Us" and "Tell Us" buttons above.
Next, we will recommend improvements to address those deficiencies identified by the community and through the existing conditions analysis. Improvements may include improved lighting, adding trees and landscaping, and/or enhanced crosswalks. Select the “Learn the Jargon” button above for a comprehensive list of potential pedestrian improvements. The improvements will be prioritized using an evaluation criterion to help the implementation process.
The final Plan, called the Transit-Oriented Development Pedestrian Access Plan, will identify designs and estimated costs for each improvement, in addition to an implementation and funding strategy to ensure an actionable and effective Plan. We anticipate the adoption of the final Plan in June 2022.
Transit-oriented development, also referred to as "TOD" for short, includes a mix of land uses centered around a transit station. Dense, walkable, bike-friendly, mixed-use development near transit attracts people and adds to vibrant, connected communities. Focusing growth around transit stations capitalizes on public investments in transit and provides many benefits.
In San Mateo, this type of development is found in our TOD zones, which are Hillsdale, Hayward Park Caltrain station, and Downtown. The concept of TOD makes an assumption that people living and working in TOD areas will access transit by biking or walking because they are located within one-half mile to transit. The San Mateo Walks to Transit project will identify projects needed to improve the safety and comfort of walking paths to transit in our TOD zones.