Among cities that contain some part of the 43 miles of El Camino Real, two of them -- Palo Alto and Redwood City -- have been selected for a study on how to make the "royal road" better for all modes of transit.
Redwood City was selected by San Mateo County and Palo Alto by Santa Clara County. The concept is to try out ideas in those cities and see what might apply along the rest of El Camino.
Among the goals are to "calm" traffic, bolster pedestrian access, take bikes into consideration, and improve the streetscape, according to Will Reisman, spokesman for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.
The study will cost $394,000, paid for by a state grant. Overseeing the study is the "Grand Boulevard Initiative," a project made up of 19 cities and agencies that want El Camino to be more pedestrian-friendly and have more mixed-use development near public transit.
"The lessons learned from these case studies can be considered by Menlo Park and Atherton, as they make sense for their community needs," Reisman said.