Coastside Transit Study

Coastside Transit Study


SamTrans is conducting a study of bus service on the Coastside and assessing transit needs for the area. This study aims to evaluate current SamTrans service in Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, and other Coastside communities. The study will also evaluate potential demand for additional or modified bus service and potential service models. Findings from community engagement, as well as analysis of data sources, will inform the study. SamTrans will consider recommendations for bus service concepts that seek to maximize efficiency and provide the best service possible to meet the community's needs.

Study Update

Thanks to all who attended one of our community meetings in April 2017 and to those who have submitted comments via the online comment form on this webpage. Since April, SamTrans staff has reviewed origin/destination trip data for the Coastside and recent and historic operations data, such as ridership and cost per passenger. Based on input from the community and technical analysis, SamTrans staff have developed a set of Coastside service recommendations for both near-term and longer-term implementation.

Near-term improvements:

  1. Extension of the 118 route to serve Daly City BART. Route 118 currently serves Colma BART. By extending service to Daly City BART, passengers will have new access to a BART station with twice as much train service and a slightly less expensive fare for trips heading north into San Francisco. The current route will not change. This change will take effect on January 21, 2018.
  2. Introduction of one additional trip in the evening on the 118. The new trip will depart Daly City BART around 7:30 pm. This will offer more flexibility to passengers that require a later connection between BART and SamTrans. This change will take effect on January 21, 2018.
  3. Educate the community on how to use the FLX service in Pacifica. We heard there was confusion around how to use the FLX service in Pacifica. This outreach will seek to spread information on how to call SamTrans to request a deviation on the FLX route, as well as how to use the FLX route as a normal service with stops and timetables. Timing of this information campaign is being developed.

Longer-term improvements, requiring significant resource investment, which will be further studied individually by SamTrans staff:

  1. Introduction of an express bus route between Half Moon Bay and Daly City BART. This service would run on weekdays at 30-minute frequency in the peak commute periods and hourly in the midday periods.
  2. Invest in physical improvements at Linda Mar park-and-ride, such as secure bike parking, better waiting areas, restrooms, and other amenities. This would require significant coordination with Caltrans, the owner of the park-and-ride, and the City of Pacifica.

Upcoming Outreach

SamTrans staff will return to the Coast to discuss these improvement ideas and other Study findings in late January/early February 2018. Meeting details are as follows:

Half Moon Bay

When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Where: Ted Adcock Community Center, Grand Oak Room, 535 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay


When: Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Where: Pacifica Community Center, Auditorium, 540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica

*This meeting is in partnership with the Get Us Moving San Mateo County effort. SamTrans recently launched the Get Us Moving public outreach program to collect public feedback and help prioritize transportation investments countywide. You can take our survey and tell us what your transportation priorities are.