Grand Boulevard Multimodal Transportation Corridor Plan

The Grand Boulevard Multimodal Transportation Corridor Plan is the latest and most detailed phase of Grand Boulevard Initiative planning. The Corridor Plan translates the Grand Boulevard vision—that El Camino Real will achieve its full potential as a place for residents to work, live, shop, and play, creating links between communities that promote walking and transit and an improved and meaningful quality of life—into tangible strategies and design concepts from which local jurisdictions can choose and implement in their communities. These strategies are designed to fulfill the Grand Boulevard Initiative guiding principles.

The Corridor Plan is a joint effort between SamTrans, VTA, and C/CAG, in partnership with and funded by Caltrans. The goal of the Corridor Plan is to facilitate development of a better match for land use and transportation on the El Camino Real Corridor from Daly City to San Jose’s Diridon Station in support of smart growth.

These materials represent concepts for how El Camino Real could be redesigned in a multimodal way.  In Santa Clara County, the El Camino Real BRT Conceptual Engineering project is getting into further detail on these issues and providing a forum for local agency input.  For more information about the GBI Corridor Plan, please contact Megan Wessel at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 650-622-7815.  For more information about the El Camino Real BRT Conceptual Engineering project in Santa Clara County, please contact Steve Fisher at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 408-321-5748.

The Corridor Plan was adopted by the Grand Boulevard Task Force on September 15, 2010. Task Force member agencies are currently considering adopting or endorsing the Plan as it relates to their own planning processes.

You can download the entire plan or download individual sections by clicking the links below:

Summary Flier of the Corridor Plan

Final Grand Boulevard Multimodal Transportation Corridor Plan (Full Version -- Low Resolution)

Executive Summary

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction
The Introduction provides a background on the Grand Boulevard Initiative and the history leading to the development of the Corridor Plan.

Chapter 2 – Existing Corridor Conditions
This chapter provides an overview of existing conditions and local community visions for the GBI corridor as reflected in adopted development policies, proposed capital improvement projects, and current planning and design efforts. These conditions are depicted through detailed existing conditions “prototypes.”

Chapter 3 – Planned Corridor Improvements
This chapter provides a summary of land use, streetscape, and transportation plans and changes within one quarter mile of the El Camino Real corridor that may influence the land use and transit scenarios modeled in the Grand Boulevard Initiative Multimodal Corridor Plan.

Chapter 4 – Multimodal Access Strategy
This chapter provides an overview of mobility issues and current policies affecting multimodal access and design of capital improvement projects along the SR 82 corridor. It also recommends a revised approach to network mobility planning based on the following four-pronged access strategy:

1.    Create Space within the ROW for Multiple Travel Modes
2.    Provide the Facilities Needed to Promote Multimodal Travel
3.    Differentiate Mobility Policies to Reflect Corridor Development Policies
4.    Apply GBI-Based Performance Measures in Project Planning and Evaluation.

Chapter 5 – Street Design Guidelines
The Street Design Guidelines provide a framework for the cities and agencies along El Camino Real and Caltrans to implement roadway, frontage, and transit improvements.  Included are Street Design Prototypes that depict improvements consistent with basic Caltrans design standards, as well as modifications that may be considered for a “design exception.”

Chapter 6 – Future Transit and Land Use Scenarios
The results of the travel demand modeling efforts used for the Corridor Plan is provided in this chapter.  This modeling effort evaluated transit improvements along the project corridor and examined the types and levels of development patterns required to sustain transit improvements along the corridor.

Chapter 7 – Future Transit Needs and Recommended Service
Future transit service needs and a recommended level and type of transit service for the Grand Boulevard corridor are identified and analyzed in this chapter.  

Chapter 8 – Corridor Operations and Management
This chapter identifies policy options and best practices for overall operations and management of the GBI corridor, focusing on options that involve multiple jurisdictions, or coordination between multiple public and private entities.  This effort was intended to develop a starting point for a possible future agreement between the Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs), Caltrans, and potentially other agencies involved in the management of the corridor.

Chapter 9 – Conclusions


Appendix A – Multimodal Access Strategy and Context-Sensitive Design Guidelines
Appendix B – 2035 Travel Demand Model
Appendix C – Transit Service Planning Tool Description


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