As schools come back into session, SamTrans will offer Menlo-Atherton High School students a new means of getting to class. This is part of the August runbook changes, updates to SamTrans routes and schedules designed to increase the efficiency and reliability of SamTrans’ service.
SamTrans is adding new service to the existing Route 81 in order to connect to East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. This will provide those residents with a transit connection to Menlo-Atherton High School. SamTrans conducted outreach in the area that revealed that many students in that neighborhood lacked a direct route to school, and had to take two buses. This, and other changes, goes into effect Monday, August 19.
“Menlo-Atherton and SamTrans have a working partnership,” said Simone Rick-Kennel, principal of Menlo-Atherton High School. “Route 81 was established because there was a need to make sure all students could arrive to school ready to learn, not frustrated by their commute. With this partnership, SamTrans provides a direct connection to the classroom and M-A students benefit from this immensely.”
In addition to this change, the 39 routes SamTrans has that serve schools also go back into effect. Youth riders make up over a third of SamTrans’ ridership, predominantly on routes serving schools. Typically, SamTrans restarts these routes once all schools are in session as ridership is lower in the first week due to non-standard schedules.
SamTrans adjusts its scheduling and service operations three times a year to take into account changing traffic impacts, travel patterns and bus operator availability. The adjustments help improve on-time performance standards and make the bus system run more smoothly.
Members of the public interested in commenting on the changes can submit feedback through the SamTrans website.
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.
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