Introducing the Recommended New Network
Implementation Begins Summer 2022
As of January 2022, Reimagine SamTrans has developed and refined a recommended final new SamTrans network. This final recommended network was crafted after careful consideration of more than 1,100 pieces of community input received in October-November 2021. The recommendations include changes to many existing routes in the SamTrans system. Check the sub-region pages for the final network details and planned changes to routes you use.
Pending Title VI and environmental review processes and adoption of the final network by the SamTrans Board of Directors, staff will work toward implementation beginning in Summer 2022.
Changes will occur over multiple phases with details to be determined. Please check back for information on when changes to your routes may be implemented.
The recommended SamTrans network includes elements of each of the three network alternatives presented to the public for review and comment this past spring.
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
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 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.
What are the Recommended Changes in My Community?