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

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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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Tue Oct 12, 2010
Vicki Moore answered:
Public transportation would be a bus (or drive) to BART and then BART to The City. I used to drive to BART at about 6:30 am - no traffic on highway 1 - and then take it to SF because the parking is so expensive. Pacifica is really close. It takes longer around 8 am because you end up fighting with the traffic going to Vallemar school. If you're commuting at off hours it's really fast.

Good luck in your home search!
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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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Wed Oct 16, 2013
Wilma L answered:
It might be a bit long, 92 is a windy road and all your other ways out to the north and south are pretty far also. Also, everything depends on what time you are commuting. I would like to say it is at least 30 minutes but I think I'm underestimating it by 15 to 30 minutes. It all depends on where you are leaving from and going to exactly. ... more
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Thu May 17, 2012
Jim answered:
We know its a long commute either way but thats not my questions. I just wanted to compare hwy 1 north and hwy 1 south via 92
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Thu Feb 12, 2009
Arn Cenedella answered:
I do not believe there is any shuttle from Half Moon Bay to UCSF. And I do not think ytou will find any public transportation that would be adequate. So I think your only option is to drive. Depending on what UCSF campus you are at your drive could be anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.

Here is a response from Marian Bennett a colleague in Half Moon Bay at Coldwell Banker about her experiences driving from HMB to SF.

I live on the Coastside and commuted to SF's Financial District. I found it easiest to go north on Highway 1 (over Devil's Slide) to Daly City Bart and the train dropped me off within a block of my office. I did that commute only for a couple of years, so I didn't experience that commute during a slide closure. However, as an 18 year resident of the Half Moon Bay area, the slide has closed only twice. Yes, it's a pain when it does, but the short term inconvenience is minimal compared to the overall experience of coming home to an extraordinarily beautiful part of San Mateo County. When I drive to the City, it takes me 20-30 minutes depending on where I'm going. My husband did the Coastside to Silicon Valley commute for 17 years so we were heading in opposite directions. We wanted a great community to raise our kids that was a reasonable commute for both of us. If you are considering living in Half Moon Bay proper instead of one of the more northern communities (El Granada, Moss Beach or Montara) then Hwy 92 to 280 is your best bet. Highway 92 is currently being widened and that should help relieve some commute congestion. A link is provided here with project information.

Marian can be reached at:

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Sun Oct 12, 2008
David Tapper answered:
Good morning Doug. Whether you are coming from SSF or the South Bay on your way to SF you can go one of three ways. 101 is the shorter route but because of traffic will probably take you longer, or you can take 280. 280 is a much nicer ride, more scenic. Or If you would prefer, you can always take either the train or bart as well.

If you are coming from the South Bay, Bart goes as far as Millbrae.

IF you need any help finding a home, please do not hesitate to ask. My team does a lot of business in SSF and San Bruno.


Dave Tap Tapper
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