South San Francisco tests complete-streets design along stretch of El Camino Real

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A bus pulls up to a temporary boarding platform on El Camino Real in South San Francisco.

A bus pulls up to one of the temporary transit additions along ECR in South San Francisco


An exciting demonstration is taking place along El Camino Real (ECR) in the city of South San Francisco to test safety along a short portion of Highway 82 as well as efficiency for pedestrians, bikes and transit. 

South San Francisco got permission from Caltrans to install temporary enhancements along a 0.3-mile stretch of the roadway in order to measure the effectiveness of the changes. 

The demonstration project was installed in mid-August and includes: 

  • Class IV protected bike lanes in both north and south directions. 

  • An easy-to-see crosswalk at Country Club Drive. 

  • SamTrans bus boarding platforms at ECR and Spruce Avenue (Stop ID: 334089) and ECR and Country Club Drive (Stop ID: 334080). 

“I cannot overstate how special this project is,” said San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) Board of Directors Chair and SamTrans Board of Directors Member Rico Medina. “As the chair of the TA, one of our most important goals has been to make El Camino Real a safer, more inviting place for everyone in San Mateo County.” 

The TA awarded the city $100,000 last year to create a master plan for the ECR corridor. Part of that award was combined with funds from the city of South San Francisco, SamTrans and Smart Growth America Complete Streets Leadership Academy funding to build the demonstration project.  

The San Mateo County Office of Education and Silicon Valley Bike Coalition are also part of the project, which has the support of Caltrans. 

The temporary improvements will last through mid-October along ECR between Hazelwood Drive/South Spruce Avenue and Country Club Drive.