Mobility Actions
What is an Action Plan?

An Action Plan is an implementation roadmap for a set of potential near-term programs and policies. The US-101 Mobility Action Plan (MAP) identified a list of community-informed actions oriented around solving mobility and equity challenges in the corridor. This page describes the mobility actions identified in the process. The equity actions page demonstrates the results of a process to adjust or append to the mobility actions list with efforts to advance equity along the corridor.

What types of actions are being considered?

To increase the effectiveness of planned infrastructure investments, the US-101 MAP is considering programs and policies that create opportunities to move more people in the constrained US-101 corridor. These opportunities include new investments and incentives associated with riding transit, carpooling and vanpooling, biking, and walking. By reducing spatial, temporal, economic, physiological, or social barriers, to riding transit, sharing a ride, biking, or walking, these programs will help the 101-MAP to deliver on its goals of offering more reliable travel times, prioritizing high-capacity mobility options, and fostering healthy and sustainable communities.

The actions being considered in the 101-MAP could be implemented and managed by employers, city departments, transit or transportation agencies, transportation management associations (TMAs), or other community partners. 

Here’s the full list of mobility actions being considered to address the MAP’s three goals. You can download an interactive list of these actions sortable by their evaluation scores here.

Normalize Travel Times

Improve enforcement of managed lanes, including carpool & express lanes, through available automated technologies.
Conduct education campaign about safer, more efficient driving habits. 
Expand freeway service patrol to support clearing of vehicle breakdowns, conflicts, etc. 
Incentivize safer driving behavior through benefits or rebates to drivers who demonstrate responsible driving.
Support policies or demonstration projects related to bus priority on freeway (e.g., bus-on-shoulder or bus-only lanes) or on parallel roadways such as El Camino Real or I-280.
Support ongoing planning projects to ensure a continuous express lane on US-101 from South San Jose to downtown San Francisco.

 

Improve Information

Work with Google Maps or other traffic apps to delineate travel time differences between general purpose lanes and managed lanes.
Improve reliability of real-time transit arrival information for transit routes operating on US-101 or on key transit corridors parallel such as El Camino Real. 
Work with private sector app providers to incorporate more real-time information on collisions, construction, etc. 
Integrate multimodal information whenever possible on freeway travel time signs, including transit and if possible parking availability at transit stations.

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Increase average vehicle occupancy of US-101

Improve transit speeds and transit priority on El Camino Real or other parallel roadways, shifting short trips off the freeway.
Encourage employers to introduce parking fees and for those who don’t park, a cash-out program that puts money into employees’ paycheck and/or extra vacation time program. 
For employers and public transit agencies who operate and charge for parking, shift monthly permits/fees to daily rates. 

 

Incentivize Transit

Create option for bulk transit pass program eligibility to include contractors, consultants, interns and temporary employees that work more than 20 hours a week.
Expand eligibility for bulk transit pass programs to include TMAs, neighborhood associations, colleges.
Introduce monthly transit pass accumulator on Clipper (automatically providing a monthly pass for rest of month when value of pass has been spent on individual rides).
Introduce means-based fare structures on all transit providers throughout study area, through regional programs such as MTC’s Means Based Fare pilot.
Offer free or reduced price transportation for youth, or other promotional or marketing initiatives, where not offered now.
Improve transfers/synchronization of multiple transit providers in MAP study area.
Conduct comprehensive study of the public and private shuttle system to identify opportunities for coordination.
Open private employer shuttles to all on-site employees regardless of classification.
Explore opportunities for coordination/partnership on long-haul commute routes between employers, such as sharing/selling excess capacity on bus trips.
Create perks for transit users at high traffic locations or special events, such as “cut the line” (TSA at SFO/SJC, security or concessions at Giants, Warriors, Sharks).
Create one fare product for trips to high traffic locations (Caltrain + VTA pass for 49ers game, Caltrain + BART pass to SFO).
Ensure employees of all classifications have access to non-surcharge BART fare at SFO.

Provide hotel customers with transit vouchers (e.g., $20 Clipper card that must be returned) and free BART passes for return to airport.
Offer family / group discounted fares on weekends on transit. 
Expand first mile/last mile transportation options such as bike/scooter/car share at key transit hubs on the Peninsula / in the South Bay. 
Implement a “transportation credit” program that would provide toll credit for regular transit users, transit credit for regular toll lane users.

Incentivize carpool/vanpool

Incentivize the use of pay-as-you-go insurance plans for drivers.
Subsidize ride-matching through real-time matching apps (Scoop or another similar platform).
Create a regional vanpool subsidy program with ridership tracking and improve vanpool ride-matching.
Create regional or sub-regional carpool matching program for school-age children.
Encourage employers to provide gas incentive for regular carpoolers.
Support regional policies to phase out free use of HOV/express lanes if solo driver in a hybrid or clean air vehicle, or charge a reduced toll.

Strengthen existing TDM programs

Decrease parking minimums/adopt parking maximums/allow for shared parking at multi-use development as part of city development requirements.
Create regionally-consistent TDM developer requirements for specific land use types.
Develop regional branding/marketing program for TMA/TDM programs.
Develop a platform for developments to share current mode split, informing neighboring developments and encouraging a friendly competition.
Strengthen Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and MTC employer TDM expectations for large employers (50+) by, for example: 

Enforcing the requirements and penalize employers not in compliance
Expanding the potential mitigation options beyond pre-tax commuter costs, which is not shown to be very effective; instead, require larger companies to provide public transit passes or carpool subsidies and/or use of alternative modes by employees one day per week
Creating an option for employers to charge for parking, or to shift from monthly to daily parking fees
Creating an option for employers to formalize a policy and encourage employees to work from home or use alternate work schedules

Support small companies in funding and offering virtual meeting services software to facilitate remote work.
Support the development of new and expanded TMAs across study area in high employment areas.

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Reduce traffic burden on local streets

Enact trip caps for major employment centers.
Assess needs for traffic calming measures in neighborhoods/downtowns with high volume of cut-through traffic. 
Introduce or increase parking pricing in downtowns, major employment sites, or high traffic areas with transit access and other transportation options.
Support completion of the multi-use Bay Trail route and connections to the facility that runs parallel to US-101.
Prioritize transit-oriented development of both residential and office development in study area.

 

Improve multi-modal options and safety

Conduct pedestrian/bicycle crossing needs assessment along entire US-101 corridor.
Keep bicycle lanes clear of obstacles, including Uber/Lyft drop-offs, construction, and street-sweeping.
Strengthen local TDM requirements to encourage/require bike programs and amenities in new and existing developments.
Bring bike share systems to the Peninsula and other locations in the study area. 
Strengthen/fund Safe Routes to School programs in neighboring communities. 
Adopt Local Road Safety Plans utilizing Vision Zero principles, goals and design guidance. 

Address environmental, air quality, and health outcomes  

Transition public and private bus and shuttle fleets to zero emission vehicles.
Develop policies to reduce vehicle idling in areas near schools, youth activity areas, affordable housing, and other areas with high asthma or greenhouse gas emissions rates.
Explore opportunities to provide high quality air filtration systems to residents and/or schools located in close proximity of US-101.
Allocate investments and funding to communities with higher asthma and greenhouse gas emission rates for programs like San Mateo County Parks Rx, urban tree canopy, and tree-planting programs.
Support overall greening efforts related to infrastructure and construction materials and designs, such as the C/CAG Green Streets Pilot Program. Adopt plans and policies for green infrastructure planning at the city or county levels.
Develop an incentive/rebate program for residents along the corridor to purchase E-bikes.

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Will these actions make a difference?
See some examples in action.

Case studies demonstrate what happens when actions are put into practice, providing context for applying the same or similar ideas to US-101.

Improve 
real-time
transit information
Create perks for transit use at event venues
Offer free toll credits or
transit passes
Create regional carpool matching for school trips
Strengthen Safe Routes to School programs
Develop regional marketing programs