PPS worked with the City, Caltrans, MUNI, BART, and Samtrans/Caltrain to improve the transit waiting environments at key stops in the Top of the Hill area in Daly City. This included redesign of the MUNI Terminal to provide additional passenger waiting areas and room for amenities, adding a new bus stop on a mid block island on San Jose for discharge of MUNI passengers, and turning the bus stop at John Daly Boulevard and Mission Street into a larger bus transfer center. Discussions with these transit providers regarding ways of extending MUNI service to BART stations also were held. The long term vision is perhaps to create a dedicated multi story transfer facility on the top of the hill itself, with mixed use development over top of bus facilities and retail.
PPS also developed a new design for Mission Street, to create a boulevard with two travel lanes in each direction on either side of a center median, which would provide space for the addition of parking spaces and widened sidewalks. PPS recommended ways for new development planned for Top of the Hill to incorporate usable, active public spaces as part of their designs, including enhancements to existing bus stops proximate to these properties. Key to the successful implementation of these improvements is the creation of an active management district or BID that would help local merchants make complimentary improvements to their properties and businesses to attract new businesses to the area and enhance the image and viability of this ethnically diverse shopping district.
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.