SamTrans Pacifica Microtransit Pilot
The SamTrans Business Plan identified Microtransit as a key initiative for the District to undertake in the near-term.
What is Microtransit?
On-demand, convenient, and flexible – Microtransit brings you transit service when you want it, where you want it similar to other ridesharing apps. Microtransit service uses an app to route transit vehicles to your requested pick-up location and drop off location. The app also gives you an estimated pick up time. No schedules, timetables, or bus stops required.
Microtransit leverages new technology that generates custom routes based on trip requests and destinations. Once your request is received by the system, a vehicle is routed to pick you up. Whether you’re travelling for work or play, microtransit service is customized to your needs, when you need it.
Every microtransit trip is unique; as ride requests come in, the algorithm will continually adjust the route to be as efficient as possible. By customizing routes based on real-time demand, Microtransit is focused on getting you where you need to go as quickly as possible.
What is the Pacifica Microtransit Pilot?
SamTrans’ microtransit pilot will launch in a five square mile area roughly centered on the Linda Mar Park & Ride in Pacifica. The microtransit pilot will replace the existing FLX-P route, however, fares and operating hours will remain the same. Service is expected to begin in 2019.