El Camino Real (State Route 82), was the first highway and automobile route through the peninsula. It developed parallel to the former Southern Pacific tracks (owned by Union Pacific) that linked the railroad suburbs of San Mateo County to San Francisco.
The corridor continues to be an important movement route through the Peninsula. The downtowns of most of the County's cities, including San Mateo, Burlingame, Redwood City, Belmont, Atherton, San Bruno, and Millbrae, are located on or adjacent to either El Camino Real or the Union Pacific tracks.
South San Francisco's Portion of the Corridor
El Camino Real is almost two miles long through its stretch in South San Francisco, and is the City's most diverse area in terms of land use. Reflecting the regional heritage of the corridor, commercial uses such as hotels, fast food restaurants, and shopping centers predominate. Residential uses, offices, and service commercial uses are located in small pockets.