csmConnect San Mateo Launches

The City of San Mateo and their project partner, Commute.org, officially launched Connect San Mateo today, highlighting alternative transportation solutions for those who live and work in the City of San Mateo.  The program encourages residents, commuters, and visitors to take advantage of a variety of options to get around town and avoid driving alone.

The Connect San Mateo pilot program was introduced by the City of San Mateo to increase awareness of transportation options and to encourage alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles, thereby reducing vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions. This program is modeled after the successful Connect, Redwood City! pilot program launched in 2013.

Residents, visitors, and commuters who need to travel around the City of San Mateo now have an easy one-stop source to find all of the options available to them,” said Joe Goethals, the Mayor of San Mateo, “Through the Connect San Mateo campaign, we hope to remind people how easy it is to leave their cars at home and use alternatives to get around town.”

For those who live and work in the City of San Mateo, Caltrain and SamTrans are comfortable and cost-effective options for traveling up and down the Peninsula. Once in the City of San Mateo, they can easily take advantage of free local shuttles, the brand new Bay Bikes bike sharing system, or Zipcar. These options allow flexibility when riding transit or when people need an additional transportation throughout the day.

The Bay Bikes bike sharing service launched on May 12, 2016, and is a network of bikes housed in hubs throughout San Mateo. Anyone may become a member and rent a bike on an hourly basis from one of several convenient bike share stations. Once the trip is completed, the bikes can be returned at any bike share station within city boundaries. Bay Bikes are available at all three Caltrain stations within San Mateo as well as other key destinations around town.

The Connect San Mateo program is a partnership between the City of San Mateo and Commute.org and is funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Climate Initiatives Program. The Connect San Mateo program includes a targeted marketing campaign and user-friendly website for residents and employees to explore the myriad alternative transportation options available within the City of San Mateo.

For more information, please visit connectsanmateo.org.