Executive Summary of Report
For thirteen years, communities along El Camino Real (State Route 82) have participated in the Grand Boulevard Initiative (GBI) to revitalize the roadway into a vibrant, people-friendly place. GBI has fostered the development of ten Guiding Principles and has seen the endorsement of those principles by every community along the corridor. Numerous studies and plans have been designed to give cities, counties and other agencies a path forward to upgrade land uses, public services and infrastructure; and, well-managed higher density development. Since roadway and development projects are aligned with GBI’s vision and the guiding principles in the implementation process, GBI has reached a crossroads in which the group will evolve to refocus its efforts on mobility along the corridor. The purpose of this paper is to recognize the achievements of GBI and its partner agencies and to describe a new approach for GBI, designed to assure its continued effectiveness in a changing environment.
Moving forward, the Task Force will no longer meet quarterly. In lieu of regular meetings, there will be annual convening(s) on specific topics that are trending and/or of interest to the members. Corridor tours may also be held in lieu of regular meetings. These events will engage the GBI Task Force members in addition to new stakeholders that are interested in El Camino Real topics.
In order to continue to share best practices along the corridor and explore ways to improve the mobility and transportation options along the corridor, the GBI Working Committee will transition to a similarly-structured El Camino Real Mobility Working Committee with less frequent meetings. The effort will be led by SamTrans (and any other interested agencies) and comprised of similar membership to the current Working Committee including transportation planners and engineers from San Mateo County and Santa Clara County jurisdictions along the ECR corridor. The group will meet quarterly, rather than monthly, and all in-person meetings will offer webinar/remote options.