The area around a recently completed BART station was the focus of this study. PPS developed a plan for creating a “new” downtown along six blocks of Mission Street (El Camino Real) flanking the BART station entryway, to serve new and existing residents and to create a shopping district within the town’s borders. This has included redesigning Mission Street, in partnership with Caltrans, to include a center median treatment that alternates with a scheme for back-in angled parking for the blocks immediately adjacent to the BART station, improving sidewalks, crosswalks, identifying opportunities for community events and for greater retail presence by existing merchants, and locations for new infill development in under-utilized or vacated properties along Mission Street.
This effort also lead to an unprecedented collaboration among the Town of Colma, the County and the City of Daly City, under whose sphere of influence the BART station falls. The town of Colma submitted a successful TLC grant, naming Daly City and the County as partners, to research the costs and feasibility for implementing PPS’s recommendations.
Transit is a component, but by no means the extent, of your experience at a station that is a place. Memorable and enjoyable stations and stops that create value for neighborhoods are perfectly attainable. In fact, a transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a setting for community interaction, a place that fosters a diversity of activities.