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Traffic & Public Transportation in San Mateo County : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Feb 18, 2014
jeeminkim asked:
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Wed Oct 16, 2013
Radhelix answered:
Really.. Only 30 min? Compared to other similarly affordable areas this seems like a lessor commute.
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Thu Apr 18, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
Depends on where you want to go. Start with the San Mateo County Transit District:
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Thu May 17, 2012
Blikemike24 answered:
I live in Montara and used to work in Palo Alto. The best for traffic reasons even during heavy commute is 1 south to 92 then 280 south. 280 is almost always jam free opposed to 101. The Sand Hill exit on 280 worked great for me. 50 mins was pretty much the average commute time each way. No too bad. Very rarely will traffic be at a stand still on 92 during winter months but it does happen! Count on 1 or 2 work days a year to take more than 1:15 to get to work. A collison or down tree is usually to blame. I tried going down 1 south to 84, but it takes much longer than youd think. Average that trip about 1:30 mins. Beware of the high school traffic on 1 south from about 7:15-8:15 am, it will add 20 mins to your commute if you get stuck in it, no school buses. North up 1 to Pacifica then Sharp Park road to 280 is a nice back up for highway 92 jams, but it adds 10-15 mins. Hope this helps! ... more
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Thu Jun 30, 2011
Steven Ornellas answered:

You can try and "engineer" a commute via public options using the "Public Transit Trip Planner" here: (Alameda County)

Be prepared to make a few phone calls as well because you are crossing County lines so finding the choices you have will be harder.

Based on this map, it looks like BART/SamTrans Bus is an option to get to HMB:

Best, Steve
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Thu Jun 9, 2011
Glen Mitchell answered:
It's worth it!!! Especially on the sunny days. Once the tunnel is opened I will miss the dramatic views from the highway along that section.

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Tue Oct 12, 2010
Jeff Kim answered:
Pacifica is a great coastal city and Linda Mar is a great neighborhood! The only thing I would add to the other posts here is if your driving-Highway 1 is the MAIN thoroughfare thru Pacifica. So keep that in mind during normal morning and evening commute hours.

As for public transportation, SamTrans is the local the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The bus line from Pacifica to Daly City Bart is the 110 Bus. Here is a link to a map of bus routes:

Hope this helps and good luck!
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Tue Sep 15, 2009
Wilma L answered:
I have heard Bart trains making horn sounds near houses I have visited near the Colma station. Maybe one can get used to it not sure.
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Thu Feb 12, 2009
Marian Bennett answered:
I just created a public (anyone can view HMB to UCSF map) Google Map showing the route from Montara to UCSF - 24 miles; 38 minutes. If you are in Half Moon Bay, it probably makes sense to go over Hwy 92 and then 280 South, which will add a few more minutes and will have more traffic - depending on the time of day you commute.

I used Montara as an example because sometimes potential buyers think there's only Half Moon Bay here, and there's also El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and then on the other side of Devil's Slide is Pacifica. It's actually a fairly short and very beautiful drive from Montara into San Francisco.

It would be worth your time to drive it a few times at different hours of the day.
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Sun Oct 12, 2008
Marian Bennett answered:
Hi Doug,

South San Francisco has great access to both San Francisco and the south bay. I direct my SSF buyer clients to the City of SSF's website, which is one of the better city websites. I get regular email alerts regarding upcoming SSF meetings and issues - a helpful resource for prospective buyers in this area. I've provided the link to the "travel/transportation" page on their site for you.

Marian Bennett, Coldwell Banker
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