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:

  1. Which streets and intersections to prioritize around transit; and
  2. What types of improvements are most important?


Contact Nicolette Chan at

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We're excited to use your feedback to develop the best possible plan for the entire community. Click on the orange buttons to show us your favorite walking routes, take the survey, and learn the jargon. Submit your feedback before the survey closes Oct. 31.

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Do you know of trouble spots or have favorite walking routes to transit? Click the "Show us" button to show us on a map.

Participants who prefer Spanish can use this Spanish-translated webpage.

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Do you have 3 minutes to help us make walking to transit easier? Click the "Tell us" button to take a quick survey to share current walking challenges and identify the improvements you’d most like to see. 

Participants who prefer Spanish can use this Spanish-translated webpage.

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Click the "Learn the Jargon" button to view a glossary of key terms for potential pedestrian improvements.

  1. Developing the Plan
  2. Transit-Oriented Development

The first step of the process is to identify existing barriersBay Meadows Walking  Image
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.