Route ECR

Route ECR

 

Existing Service

Route ECR is a productive route that accounts for a large part of SamTrans’ daily ridership. It is a very long route that takes over two hours to travel one-way, resulting in challenges with on-time performance. This route duplicates service provided by Caltrain and BART. Public input included requests for better reliability, more frequent service on weekend mornings, and earlier service to Palo Alto.

Possible Changes

Route ECR Alternatives

Alt 1: Direct, high-frequency service within the county

To improve reliability, the route would be split into two routes (ECR North and ECR South) at the Millbrae Transit Center. North of Millbrae, Route ECR North would operate every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends. Route ECR South would operate every 15 minutes, seven days a week.
In Daly City, Route ECR North would be modified to travel on Flourney Street, which would require a short walk to transfer to Muni Route 14, but would also reduce travel times from Mission Street to Daly City BART.
For riders with longer trips, the limited-stop ECR Rapid service would be reintroduced between Redwood City and San Bruno BART. Riders who wish to avoid transferring at Millbrae could use the ECR Rapid. The ECR Rapid would operate seven days a week.

Alt 2: Improved connections to rail and the region

This alternative improves the speed and reliability of Route ECR by reducing the number of stops. Up to 30% of existing stops could be consolidated to ensure that most riders receive faster service. One-way travel times between Daly City and Palo Alto would be reduced by 10-15 minutes during peak times. About 10% of riders would need to walk further to a new stop but all riders would have faster, more reliable service.
In Daly City, Route ECR would be modified to travel on Flourney Street. This would require a short walk to transfer to Muni Route 14 but would also reduce travel times from Mission Street to Daly City BART.

Alt 3: Retain geographic coverage

Under this alternative, Route ECR would be rescheduled to better reflect actual travel speeds. Hours of service and frequency would not change. In Daly City, Route ECR would be modified to travel on Flourney Street. This would require a short walk to transfer to Muni Route 14 but would also reduce travel times from Mission Street to Daly City BART.

Existing and Proposed Hours of Service

Weekday Saturday Sunday
Existing 4:30 AM-1:30 AM 4:30 AM-2:30 AM 4:30 AM-2:30 AM
Alt 1 ECR: 4:30 AM-1:30 AM
RAPID: 6:30 AM-7:30 PM
ECR: 4:30 AM-2:30 AM
Rapid: 8:00 AM-6:30 PM
ECR: 4:30 AM-2:30 AM
Rapid: 8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Alt 2 4:30 AM-1:30 AM 4:30 AM-2:30 AM 4:30 AM-2:30 AM
Alt 3 4:30 AM-1:30 AM 4:30 AM-2:30 AM 4:30 AM-2:30 AM

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