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Transit Access and Amenities

In Burlingame, local Caltrain service and SamTrans bus routes link destinations up and down the Peninsula, providing Burlingame residents with viable alternatives to car use. These transit modes also bring people into Burlingame to work and shop. Certainly, the frequency and reliability of transit service are the two most critical factors that affect a person’s decision to take the train or bus, but providing safe and easy access to transit for all potential users can encourage a casual or timid rider to take trips more frequently. Having this access establishes confidence in commuters who may want to take advantage of transit but are unsure how they would get themselves to a transit stop or station. By extending a seamless and safe multimodal environment outward from transit stops along existing streets, across barriers, and into nearby destinations or residential areas, the number of residents and employees using transit can be expanded proportionally. The community benefits of well-designed, accessible transit stations can extend more than one mile from a station or stop.

These connections also have significant health and economic benefits. By providing residents with better biking and walking infrastructure around transit stops and stations, the City is also encouraging more active lifestyles among its residents. Additionally, by making these areas more walkable and bikeable, the areas become more desirable places to live and work.

Figure M-4 identifies the citywide transit priority network, and the following goal and policies promote ways to expand and enhance transit services in Burlingame.

Goal: M-4

Improve transit access, frequency, connectivity, and amenities to increase transit ridership and convenience.

Collaborate with regional and local transit service providers to support improved transit service frequency and connections between routes operated by different agencies. 

Agency Coordination

Support efforts to electrify Caltrain to improve regional transit services to Burlingame, if these improvements do not result in unacceptable safety or noise impacts on the community. 

Agency Coordination Services and Operations

Review, comment, and participate in regional discussions related to California High Speed Rail on the Peninsula. Work with the California High Speed Rail Authority to consider plans for high speed rail development and access to high speed rail hubs if these improvements do not result in locally unacceptable safety, environmental, traffic, visual, or noise impacts on the community. 

Agency Coordination Services and Operations

Ensure roadways and sidewalks near transit stops are designed to protect pedestrians and bicyclists and are well connected to provide seamless access to and from transit. 

Master Plans Services and Operations

Establish a network of transit-serving corridors to accommodate local and regional transit routes, supporting high-frequency service on regional transit streets to make transit service more time competitive with personal vehicle trips. 

Master Plans Public Information and Education

Work with Caltrain to identify opportunities to expand train transit services at the Broadway Station, particularly more frequent service. 

Agency Coordination Services and Operations

Increase use of available shuttles in Burlingame by improving signage, outreach, and coordination with co-sponsors. 

Agency Coordination Services and Operations Public Information and Education

Consider emerging water-based transporation options to improve multimodal access to the Bayfront. 

Agency Coordination Services and Operations