Reimagine SamTrans

Welcome to Reimagine SamTrans

Reimagine SamTrans is the name of our agency’s comprehensive operational analysis (COA). By combining data, innovative thinking, and input from the community, Reimagine SamTrans will develop the best transportation system to meet the public transit and mobility needs of San Mateo County. We are working hard ensure the project reflects changing travel patterns and community challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Potential service changes and new SamTrans networks were developed during Winter 2020-21 and made public for community input during Spring 2021. A recommended new bus network was created in Summer 2021 and now invite the public’s comment on the recommended changes, outlined below.

What are the Recommended Changes in My Community?

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The public input period for the recommended new network ended on November 8, 2021. You may still send input to the project team by email at reimagine@samtrans.com or by completing our Contact Form.

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Introducing the Recommended New Network

Implementation Begins Summer 2022

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The recommended SamTrans network includes elements of each of the three network alternatives presented to the public for review and comment this past spring.

Improved frequency
Our riders told us they want buses to come more often. The recommended network includes better frequency on weekdays, Saturdays, or Sundays for 15 existing SamTrans routes, bringing about 185,000 more residents and 125,000 more jobs within a 5-minute walk of frequent service.
Later and Weekend Services
More weekend and evening service – Bus service on weekends and later in the day was a common request during outreach. The new network extends the hours of service or offers new weekend service on 10 routes.
More direct routes
Riders told us trips on SamTrans can feel slow. Taking a lot of turns off a main road adds time to trips. To reduce travel time, deviations that are not heavily utilized, or are within a reasonable walking distance of a route’s main street, would be eliminated.
Reduced duplication of service
Multiple SamTrans routes serve the same roads today. By reducing duplication, the system will be easier to understand, and resources can be reinvested in improving service.
New connections
New service into Oyster Point (Route 130) and between East Palo Alto and San Bruno BART (Route EPX) would improve access to jobs and bayfront open space. The recommended network also improves service to the college campuses in San Mateo County. New Routes 124 and 249 feature limited stop connections from rail stations to college campuses.
New on-demand service
Some areas are difficult to serve by traditional bus service and may benefit from door-to-door service and less walking to bus stops. The recommended network proposes new on-demand zones in Half Moon Bay and East Palo Alto. To use on-demand service, riders call or use a mobile app to request a ride and a vehicle picks them up and drops them off anywhere within the designated zone. Riders pay a fare and may share the vehicle with other riders, just like riding a regular SamTrans bus.

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