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Grand Boulevard Initiative Task Force Selects Award Winners

Awards TF 12 14 15Six Peninsula cities recently received top honors for development projects and plans in the El Camino Real corridor that exemplifies the Grand Boulevard Initiative (GBI) Guiding PrinciplesThis year, two awards were granted – a 2016 Grand Boulevard Initiative Award and 10-Year Legacy Award, which commemorates a previously awarded project as an exemplary legacy project of the 10 years of the Grand Boulevard Initiative.

At an awards ceremony and special luncheon held last week sponsored by San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) and Dostart Development Company, LLC, GBI’s Task Force selected the following cities for the 2016 Grand Boulevard Initiative Award:

Recipients of the 10-Year Legacy Award include:

A total of 15 projects were nominated for the 2016 Grand Boulevard Initiative Awards and 17 projects nominated for the 10-Year Legacy Awards, for a total of 32 projects nominated and scored. Members scored each of the nominated projects based upon how well each project met the 10 Grand Boulevard Guiding Principles

Grand Boulevard Initiative Receives Grant for Streetscape Improvement Projects

RWCPaloAltoPhotoThe Grand Boulevard Initiative received a state grant of nearly $350,000 to design improvements on El Camino Real in Redwood City and Palo Alto to improve safety and accessibility for all roadway users. The grant, awarded by Caltrans as part of its Sustainable Transportation Planning program, will improve portions of El Camino Real near the downtown areas of Redwood City and Palo Alto. Combined with a local funding contribution, the total improvement investments will be $394,300.

The improvements will include traffic calming measures, upgrades to pedestrian facilities, considerations for bicycles, and enhanced streetscape designs to make the area more livable for residents. The areas in Redwood City and Palo Alto were chosen based on their high opportunity to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and access on El Camino Real. With the improvements, the Grand Boulevard Initiative hopes to make the areas more socially and economically connected with their surrounding communities.

Conceptual design for the improvement projects will begin in late 2016.

2016 Grand Boulevard Initiative Award Nominations - Due Friday, June 24th!

PhotoCollageGrand Boulevard Initiative invites its member agencies to submit nominations for the fourth round of Grand Boulevard Awards for projects and plans that embody the 10 Guiding Principles and Grand Boulevard Initiative Vision of creating people friendly places from Daly City to San Jose.

Eligible projects must be located within a half-mile of El Camino Real/Mission St/The Alameda (State Route 82) in San Mateo or Santa Clara Counties between northern Daly City and San Jose at Diridon Station. 

There are three different Award categories. A project or plan will be evaluated based on its level of compliance with the 10 Guiding Principles.

  • Project, Public
  • Project, Private
  • Visionary

Read More below to learn how to submit a Nomination.

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Grand Boulevard Initiative Featured at Silicon Valley Business Journal Forum on Commercial Real Estate

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The Grand Boulevard Initiative was featured at the Silicon Valley Business Journal's "The Business of Commercial Real Estate" forum on April 14, 2016. The panel discussed the past, present, and future of the critical El Camino Real regional link and examined the possibilities and challenges it faces.

For more information, visit the event webpage

State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan: Provide Input to Shape the Future of the El Camino Real Corridor

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The process is underway to develop the first-ever California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which will be a visionary and comprehensive policy plan to support active modes of transportation and to increase safe bicycling and walking in California. The plan will guide the State in developing an integrated, multi-modal transportation network for all users, including: bicycle and pedestrian accommodation on the State Highway System where appropriate; connections to intercity rail and public transportation; and support for local government efforts to develop safe active transportation networks.

Caltrans is seeking public input to inform the development of the Plan. Take a moment and provide your feedback via the online survey. Your input could help shape the future of the El Camino Real Corridor!

Click here to access the survey and learn more about the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

Value Capture Presents Options for Corridor Transportation Projects

WC3MTCValueCaptureToolkit1The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has provided a new path for funding in Plan Bay Area 2040: value capture. Value Capture is the term used to describe a system whereby a government agency taking steps that increase the value of local property can share in that increase.  Property owners agree to pay an assessment to fund projects such as roads, street lighting, parking or like improvements, and see property value increases that allow them to recover more than the cost of the assessment.

Projects that are not fully funded can now include value capture revenue opportunities as a funding source, and can be included in the Plan Bay Area 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. MTC published a Value Capture Toolkit, prepared by Strategic Economics, designed to encourage the use of value capture for projects included in Regional Transportation Plan.

MTC is currently soliciting Letters of Interest from project sponsors who are interested in including projects that have the potential to be partially or fully funded with revenue derived from value capture strategies in Plan Bay Area 2040. Letters of Interest are due on February 26th. Instructions can be found here. Please contact Theresa Romell at (510) 817-5772 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to provide input on the proposal process.

Upcoming Events

Working Committee Meeting

August 28, 2017 | 10AM - 12PM
Mountain View City Hall (Plaza Room)

Task Force Meeting

September 27, 2017 | 10AM - 12PM
SamTrans Auditorium (San Carlos)