Goal LU-2

Goal LU-2:

Equitable transit-oriented communities near transit centers, including SamTrans stops and Caltrain and BART stations, that mix high quality development, affordable housing, community services, and improved mobility options.


To provide residents, employees, and visitors with convenient, safe, and efficient transportation options near housing, services, and employment.

Policy LU-2.1: Prioritize development near transit centers.

Collaborate with developers and property owners to locate new housing, mixed use, and employment uses near transit centers to minimize reliance on personal automobiles.

  • Action LU-2.1.1: Create affordable housing incentive area.

    Evaluate a transit-oriented communities (TOC) affordable housing incentive area within ½ mile of BART or Caltrain stops or ¼ mile of high-frequency SamTrans stops (15-minute peak headways). Incentives to explore include height bonuses, parking reductions, and allowed lot coverage increases.

  • Action LU-2.1.2: Develop Specific Plans around transit centers.

    Initiate a request for proposals (RFP) process to develop specific plans around key transit centers, including Caltrain and BART.

  • Action LU-2.1.4: Update existing Specific Plans.

    Following adoption of the General Plan, review the existing Oyster Point Specific Plan (2011) and others and make changes to ensure consistency.

  • Action LU-2.1.5: Community engagement near transit centers.

    Engage closely with residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to ensure the community receives desired benefits from new development at transit centers and to ensure the community is apprised of development.

Policy LU-2.2: Architectural transitions near transit centers.

Require development projects near transit centers to use architectural transitions, such as setbacks, transitions in building height, and landscaping, when adjacent to lower-density residential properties.

Policy LU-2.3: Develop connected transit-oriented communities.

Develop strong pedestrian, shuttle, and bicycle connections to and/from transit via pedestrian-oriented building design, creating safe and convenient road crossings, and providing street furniture and amenities.

  • Action LU-2.3.1: Coordination with local and regional transit agencies.

    Ensure coordination between local agencies including Community Development Department, Transportation Department, and Public Works, along with regional transit agencies including Caltrain, BART, and AC Transit to align mobility and infrastructure improvements efforts.

  • Action LU-2.3.2: Incorporate wayfinding signage.

    Incorporate wayfinding signage near transit to guide people to local destinations, including schools, Downtown, parks, shopping, healthcare, and public facilities.

  • Action LU-2.3.3: Incorporate gateway elements near transit centers.

    Incorporate local art, gateway signage, and landscaping near major transit centers to welcome people to South San Francisco and imbue these areas with local identity.

  • Action LU-2.3.4: Upgrade pedestrian/bicycle scaled lighting.

    Determine areas where pedestrian- and bicycle-scaled lighting could be installed to create safe and dynamic corridors and destinations

Policy LU-2.4: Implement mobility hubs at transit stations:

Evaluate implementation of “mobility hubs” at the Caltrain Station, South San Francisco BART Station, and the South San Francisco Ferry Terminal.

  • Action LU-2.4.1: Mobility hubs study.

    Conduct study to determine financial costs, infrastructural needs, economic feasibility, and community desire for mobility hubs.

Policy LU-2.5: Encourage shared parking in neighborhoods.

Encourage shared parking and park once strategies to minimize parking demand and reduce vehicle trips. Locate parking behind commercial buildings.

  • Action LU-2.5.1: Study parking strategies near transit centers.

    Study potential parking strategies near transit centers, including parking maximums, park-once strategies, parking fees, and shared parking.

Policy LU-2.6: Develop gathering spaces near mobility hubs.

Develop community gathering spaces, including plazas and pocket parks, near mobility hubs. Work with developers and property owners (including BART and Caltrain) near high-quality transit stops to provide community amenities, including privately-owned public open spaces, plazas, community gardens, recreational spaces, seating, lighting, public restrooms, water fountains, and other amenities for public use.