As students dread and parents cheer the beginning of the academic year, SamTrans stands ready to deliver pupils to their first day of school. However, SamTrans has been doing its homework in preparation for a campaign to increase youth ridership throughout San Mateo County.
SamTrans operates 48 routes that serve schools which are scheduled specifically to coincide with the opening and closing bell times, allowing students to arrive in time for the start of classes, and leave shortly after their studies end. This service provides families a safe and reliable transportation option for children to get to school.
In order to promote the use of SamTrans bus service to schools, the agency has launched the Youth Ambassador Program, a peer-to-peer effort designed to allow San Mateo County students to help encourage friends and classmates to take advantage of public transportation. As a part of this effort, SamTrans is sending staff to registration day at schools throughout San Mateo County to provide information, assist with trip planning and recruit ambassadors.
The Youth Ambassador Program is a central component of the Youth Mobility Plan adopted by the SamTrans Board of Directors last year. Studies have shown that people who use public transit in their youth are far more likely to use it throughout their lives, making youth riders a priority for the agency.
San Mateo County high school and college students interested in applying to be Youth Ambassadors are encouraged to apply at www.samtrans.com/youthambassadors by August 31.
About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.