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.
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.