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SamTrans Meetings

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SamTrans will hold a series of public meetings over the next two months to gather comments and discuss a study that will consider the possibility of Bus Rapid Transit service on El Camino Real.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an enhanced bus service that typically offers faster speeds, shorter travel times and improved customer amenities.

Generally, BRT can be implemented in two ways based on level of investment: Rapid and full BRT. Rapid bus service is mixed in with regular automobile traffic, but it travels farther between stops than local routes and features enhanced stations and skip-service.

 Full BRT incorporates dedicated bus lanes and higher degrees of station enhancements. It requires a more significant capital investment than rapid service.

SamTrans is conducting an in-depth study of the potential options for BRT service along El Camino Real from Daly City to the Palo Alto Transit Center. The purpose of the study is to develop a phasing plan that will identify how existing bus operations in the corridor may be enhanced to incorporate Rapid- and BRT-type amenities over time, reflecting population and employment densities and ridership demand. 

A major goal of the study is to identify enhancements in the short-term and long-term that could improve the passenger experience for existing riders and attract new riders. Other goals of the study include promoting livability and commercial viability while maintaining cost effective operations and minimizing traffic and parking impacts. 

The study will also assess long-term improvements, such as the feasibility of dedicated bus lanes and enhanced stations with added passenger amenities.  SamTrans will then develop short- and long-term plans for implementing these changes. 

SamTrans staff will be providing an information presentation on the study at local council meetings.  Public workshops are also being offered.  The schedule includes:

City Council Meetings

 Monday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.

San Mateo City Council

San Mateo City Hall, Council Chamber

330 West 20th Ave., San Mateo


Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.

Belmont City Council

Belmont City Hall, Council Chambers

One Twin Pines Lane, Belmont


Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.

South San Francisco City Council

SSF Municipal Services Building, Council Chambers

33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco


Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.

Atherton City Council

Town Council Chambers

94 Ashfield Road, Atherton


Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.

Colma City Council

Colma Community Center

1520 Hillside Boulevard, Colma


Public Workshops


Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.

SamTrans Administrative Office

2nd Floor Auditorium

1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos


Thursday, November 14, 6:00 p.m.

South San Francisco Municipal Services Building

Council Chambers

33 Arroyo Dr., South San Francisco


Additional information on SamTrans’ BRT phasing study can be found here:

If you would like to attend either public workshop, please RSVP to Brent Tietjen, SamTrans Public Affairs Specialist, via email at<> or through Facebook at for the November 13th workshop, or for the November 14th workshop.

About SamTrans: Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.

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Airport Noise Complaints

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Residents can know that work is being done by both the City Council and City Management to make sure Brisbane residents no longer need to put up with such loud overhead noise.  Community input is extremely important in affecting changes to flight patterns, as well.  Call tallies from community members calling in to the Aircraft Noise Abatement Office are reported to the Airport Community Roundtable during their public meetings.  So, it certainly makes a difference to report your complaints.  Don’t just sit idly by!  To report airport noise, note the specific date and time when you noticed the occurrence and call or e-mail the SFO Noise Abatement Office using the information below:

Airport Noise Complaint
Call: 650-821-4736

Measure T Information

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There is a Business License Tax Measure on the November 5, 2013 Ballot.  Click here for more information.

City Attorney's Impartial Analysis

Argument in favor of Measure T | Argument Against Measure T

Rebuttal to Arument in favor of Measure T | Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure T


The election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Also, feel free to contact City Clerk Sheri Spediacci 415-508-2113 for further information.

National Rebuilding Day

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Many of our neighbors have worked hard all of their lives and have been physically and financially able to repair their homes. When circumstances make this difficult or impossible, we can help.

Through our volunteers and donations, we make repairs that improve the health, safety, and independence of our neighbors. We serve senior citizens, single parents, grandparents raising grandkids, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, children caring for their ailing parents.

For more information, call us at 650.366.6597 or visit Homeowner Application.

Deadline extended!!  Call the above number for information.


Got Ants?

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Got Ants?  Get S.E.R.I.O.U.S

Did you know that the pesticides commonly used for ant control are some of the most prevalent and damaging in our waterways? is a collaborative resource promoting environmentally sound ant management through the use of less-toxic practices.  Yes, you can control ant invasions effectively without using toxic sprays that are harmful to our waterways, family and pets!

Tobacco Companies

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Tobacco Companies: Keep your butts out of our Bay!

Cigarettes are not just a human health concern. Cigarette butts are toxic, plastic litter that flows from our streets into the Bay, polluting water and threatening wildlife. An estimated 3 billion cigarettes are littered in the Bay Area each year, posing a serious threat that we cannot ignore.

Go to and sign the petition to tell tobacco companies “Keep your butts out of our Bay!”

The provided web link is a service of Save the Bay, a regional organization that includes protecting San Francisco Bay from pollution as one of its core missions.

Live at Mission Blue Concert Series

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Live at Mission Blue is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year!

Click here to find out about what this special season will bring.


October 2013 Citynews

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Click Here the Read the October 2013 Citynews

Candidate's Night Video

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To View the Brisbane Candidates Night Video, please click on the link below:

The forum was held on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013.  It was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce and moderated by representatives from the League, focused on questions from the audience that each of the four City Council candidates: Clarke Conway; Gavin Escolar; Cliff Lentz and Lori Liu










October Council Meetings

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The City Council will be meeting on Monday, October 7th and Monday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m. in the Brisbane Community Room.

There were typographical errors in the recent issue of the Brisbane City News stating they would be for Budget Hearings.  The Budget was adopted in June and therefore that was a misprint. 

The October meetings will be for regular City business.