• Local Housing for Local Jobs


Passage at San Mateo provides housing next to major, existing job centers.

Passage will create 961 apartments within a quarter mile of over 5000 existing jobs in the area. Of these, 109 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;
  • Passage is working with the Peninsula YMCA to provide on-site daycare, including a 4,600 square feet daycare facility for 60 to 70 children and 5,400 square feet of dedicated and protected play space.
  • 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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