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Grand Boulevard Initiative To Be Featured at 2015 TransForm Summit!

Grand Boulevard Initiative will be highlighted in an action-oriented workshop at TransForm's 2015 Let's Get Moving, Silicon Valley Transportation Choices and Healthy Communities Summit on March 7th at De Anza College in Cupertino. Come learn about successful community outreach efforts happening in the El Camino Real Corridor communities. The cities of San Mateo and Mountain View will provide two distinct planning success stories that other communities and organizations can look to as examples when preparing plans in their own communities. Community leaders from Greenbelt Alliance and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition also will share their lessons learned throughout the outreach process. We are excited to be a part of this gathering and we encourage you to attend. Tickets for the summit are available for purchase online. We look forward to seeing you there!   

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Can Reducing Traffic Lane Widths Improve Safety?

Jeff Speck tackles the issue of lane-width and safety in the online publication, The Atlantic CityLab. Speck provides evidence to support 10-foot wide traffic lanes for pedestrian safety as opposed to the 12-foot wide traffic lanes that are currently the standard for urban roadways and transportation corridors like El Camino Real. For a great read, check out the article here.

Just Released: Economic & Housing Opportunities Assessment (ECHO) Phase II

The ECHOII report provides potential strategies and tools for GBI communities to overcome barriers to infil development in the El Camino Real Corridor. The overarching strategies include:

  • Plan for Vibrant Activity Nodes
  • Align Land Use Regulations with Market and Physical Conditions
  • Coordinate Public and Private Investment to Create Walkable Places and Support Desired Development

The strategies and tools suggested in this report are based on thorough analysis of case studies in four cities that are representative of common conditions and challenges along the Corridor. 

Click here to learn more and read the ECHOII Report

Corridor Guidance - TIGER II Complete Streets Final Report Now Available!

sustainable streetsCalifornia State Route 82, El Camino Real/Mission Street, is seen by local communities as a barrier to livability and walkability, rather than a community asset. The TIGER II Complete Streets Project, funded by a US Department of Transportation TIGER II Planning Grant, seeks to overcome this situation by facilitating the re-design of the roadway to integrate sustainable development and encourage pedestrians, transit, and investment in the El Camino Real Corridor.

Check out the TIGER II Complete Streets Final Report to learn about the process for transforming an urban State Highway into a complete/sustainable street and for guidance on future streetscape designs in the El Camino Real Corridor and other urban transportation corridors across the nation.

Click here for more information and to download a copy of the Final Report. 

NEW!! 2013 Grand Boulevard Progress Report

The 2013 Grand Boulevard Initiative Progress Report showcases the success of the member organizations towards achieving the Grand Boulevard Vision. The document summarizes Grand Boulevard studies and highlights exceptional projects and plans in each Corridor jurisdiction. A foldout insert to the document contains an infographic that tells the story of the history, present, and future of the El Camino Real Corridor. Click the links below to view the full document and infographic.

2013 Grand Boulevard Initiative Progress Report (PDF)

Changing Corridor Infographic (PDF)  
Changing Corridor Infographic (GIF) 

 

Bus Rapid Transit Phasing Plan Study Underway

brt study mapSamTrans is exploring new options to improve transit service for those that live, work, or play along the El Camino Real corridor.  Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) can provide faster bus service that could reduce travel times by up to 30 percent, over local bus routes by employing skip stop service, traffic signal improvements, and other operational enhancements.  This type of “development-oriented transit” would expand transportation options and complement the GBI’s efforts.

SamTrans has kicked-off a BRT Phasing Plan Study that will identify the optimal features for a BRT type service for the 26-mile El Camino Real corridor from Daly City in the north to the Palo Alto Transit Center in the south.  The study will look at what low-cost operational improvements can provide faster bus service in the next 2-3 years while also analyzing the value of more capital-intensive improvements like dedicated bus lanes and improved transit stations in the long-term.

This feasibility study will involve substantial outreach to the public and private sector, including the GBI Task Force and local governments along the corridor, as well as public workshops in the fall of 2013.

Additional information can be found online here: 
SamTrans El Camino BRT Phasing Plan

Upcoming Events

Working Committee Meeting

December 3, 2018 | 10AM - 12:00AM
Belmont City Hall (EOC Room)

Task Force Meeting - Corridor Tour

December 12, 2018 | 10AM - 12:00PM
Santa Clara University (Santa Clara)

 

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