The California State Transportation Agency awarded $15 million from its Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) to SamTrans today to fund express buses on Highway 101. Some of this funding was made available for grants under Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the landmark statewide transportation funding legislation signed into law last year.
The SamTrans Express Bus Pilot will introduce a network of up to four express bus routes on U.S.101 serving origins and destinations in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco counties during peak commute weekday hours. The routes included in the proposed Express Bus Pilot Project were developed as part of the ongoing SamTrans US-101 Express Bus Feasibility Study. Proposed routes may include San Bruno to Sunnyvale, Foster City to San Francisco, Redwood Shores to San Francisco, and San Mateo to San Francisco.
The TIRCP award comes on the heels of the recommendation of an award of $253.2 million to the Highway 101 Managed Lanes Project in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. This funding was also made available by grants under SB1. Express bus service will be greatly enhanced by the project, which would build one new express lane in each direction on Highway 101 between Whipple Avenue in Redwood City and Interstate 380 in San Bruno.
The initial launch of express bus service is envisioned to occur in conjunction with the opening of the managed lanes, currently slated for 2021. The San Mateo County Transportations Authority (TA), in conjunction with CalTrans and City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) are continuing to study the Managed Lanes Project and a Draft Environmental Report was published last November.
"The combination of express bus service and Managed Lanes will get more cars off the road. These creative solutions will help move our residents through one of the most packed freeways in the Bay Area,” said Charles Stone, SamTrans Board of Directors Chair. “We are incredibly grateful to our legislative delegation who worked so hard to pass SB 1 and provide us with this opportunity.”
About the San Mateo County Transit District: The San Mateo County Transit District operates 71 SamTrans 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. The San Mateo County Transit District has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.
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