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What Is Passage?

Passage at San Mateo is a transit-oriented, mixed-use development composed of housing and neighborhood retail. Located within walking distance to Caltrain, Passage is equipped with robust transportation services aimed at bringing housing near jobs and transit, which will reduce daily car trips by 25%.

The project is uniquely suited to both reduce traffic congestion and address the Bay Area’s housing crisis. Passage is within walking distance of several major local employers and will create more than 900 new housing units.

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The Depot – A mobility hub for the 21st Century

Mobility options are essential for residents of the Bay Area and combined with information sharing technology, the Depot offers a unique amenity to the Passage. The Depot will combine ride share, public mass transit, bike share, local shuttles, private employer shuttles, co-working office, and aggregated parcel delivery, all in a single address with well appointed facilities. It is designed to be flexible as a staging area of the technology driven transportation services yet to be available in anticipation of a less auto centric future. The Depot is open to all the surrounding businesses and San Mateo community residents alike to enjoy.


Passage at San Mateo provides housing next to major, existing job centers, including more than over 1.25 million square feet of existing commercial office space, and will create more than 5,000 jobs:

  • Passage will create 930 apartments within a quarter mile of over 5000 existing jobs in the area. Of these, 72 units will qualify as affordable housing, meaning more housing for teachers, hospital workers and local technicians.
  • The project is walkable and bikeable to Caltrain, Oracle, Rakuten, Medallia and the YMCA as well as other large-scale employers in San Mateo;
  • Passage features three acres of public park space and pedestrian pathways that connect the open space with surrounding neighborhoods;
  • Replacing regional retail stores with mixed-use, local-serving retail and housing will reduce daily car trips in the region by nearly 3,000 per day;
  • Transit-oriented development at nearby Bay Meadows development is already working. More than 40% of residents there use Caltrain as an alternative to a car, and 85% walk or bike to shop or dine nearby on a regular basis, according to a recent survey.

By leveraging the idea of housing near jobs – retail and transportation options will reduce traffic congestion in the region and help alleviate the Bay Area’s housing crisis.

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Potential Traffic Reduction

Studies have shown that building higher density housing closer to both existing jobs centers and transit hubs will actually reduce daily car trips into the area. Building a mix of transit-oriented housing and local serving retail has the potential to reduce weekday daily vehicle trips by as much as 27%.

While it can feel counter intuitive, more housing can mean less traffic. Click below to learn more.

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Passage at San Mateo is an innovative, community-oriented project that will provide much-needed housing near transit, public open space, and shopping and restaurants in easy walking distance for the entire community. The project includes:

  • More than 900 housing units, 72 affordable housing units, 10 live/work units, 35,000 square feet of retail space, and more than two acres of open space
  • Gyms, co-working lobbies, a welcome center, and public art
  • A state-of-the-art food hall and entertainment center easily accessible by the neighborhood, providing an important community gathering space

The mixed-use, transit-oriented development project is designed situated to benefit the entire community.


Passage at San Mateo will build on the neighborhood’s commitment to environmental sustainability, open spaces, sense of community, and support for local artists:

  • The project reduces daily car trips by 25% over the allowable land use for the site.
  • Similar projects have proven to boost walking, bicycling, and public transit ridership.
  • Passage will add 3.5 acres of public parks
  • The Hub is the intersection of life at the Passage. A public park for community activities invites all the residents of San Mateo to a place of social connection.
  • Public art will be featured prominently throughout the project and the open space areas, featuring local artists.

The Journey – a story 20 years in the making

For 20 years, San Mateo has conducted public outreach, engaged the community and adopted planning principals and environmental standards for the site that Passage at San Mateo will fully implement. These plans have included:

Rail Corridor Plan & Design Guidelines • approved 2005

General Plan Vision 2030 • approved 2010

Climate Action Plan • approved 2010

Inclusive Affordable Housing Plan • approved 2015

Consistency with Measures H & P Height Limits • 1991 and 2004

Community Benefits

Passage at San Mateo is a unique project that welcomes neighbors across San Mateo to enjoy its diverse, state-of-the-art amenities including:

  • A spacious food hall and entertainment center accessible to the neighborhood, providing an important community gathering space
  • Public art throughout the project and the open space areas, featuring local artists
  • 72 affordable housing units and 10 live/work units on-site
  • Three acres of public park space and well-lit pedestrian pathways that connect it with the surrounding neighborhoods


How will this project impact traffic in the neighborhood?
With nearly 5,000 people already working within a 10-minute walk to the property, Passage will help to reduce escalating traffic congestion. Regional retail would generate up to 12,000 daily car trips; replacing the retail with mixed-use, local-serving retail and housing, car trips would decrease to about 9,000 per day, or 25% fewer car trips. Putting housing near existing jobs, retail and transportation options will reduce car traffic even further.

What impact would this project have on the environment?
This project reduces daily car trips by 25% over what a retail-only use of the site would generate.

Case in point: The new nearby Bay Meadows mixed-use development project has been successful in balancing jobs, housing and reducing the need for cars. Recently surveys show more than 40% of Bay Meadows residents ride Caltrain, exceeding original projections. 85% of residents walk or bike to shop or dine nearby on a regular basis.

How will this project help alleviate the Bay Area’s housing crisis?
Between 2010 and 2014, 55,000 jobs were created in San Mateo County, but only 2,100 homes were built.

As job growth in San Mateo County continues, a dire housing shortage is driving up the cost of living, creating longer commutes and gridlock for the region’s freeways. This project provides over 900 housing units immediately adjacent to existing major job centers—including Oracle, Rakuten, Medallia and the YMCA—and mass transit options.


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