The El Camino Real Bus Speed and Reliability Study (ECR Study) analyzes the impact of slowdowns on SamTrans bus service on El Camino Real and identifies potential changes to achieve faster and more reliable service.  

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Bus Speed and Reliability

  • Increase bus speed, reducing travel time for riders
  • Improve reliability, on-time bus arrivals and departures
  • Support ridership recovery and attract new riders
  • Improve efficiency of operations and driving experience for bus operators 

Transit Signal Priority

  • TSP hardware has been installed at nearly every signal on the El Camino Real corridor all buses used to operate Route ECR
  • Allows for extended green light when the bus is approaching an intersection
  • Live as of January 2021

As the backbone of the SamTrans network, Route ECR serves 13 cities across 25 miles.

Route ECR accounts for one quarter of SamTrans’ bus ridership – with the majority of riders being lower income. The ECR Study envisions faster and more reliable Route ECR service through specific improvements focused on enhancing the rider experience.

In 2020, SamTrans was awarded funding through the Caltrans Sustainable Communities Grant Program for this study. The ECR Study kicked off in January 2021 and complete its work in fall 2022.

The study aims to:

  • Increase bus speed, reducing travel time for riders
  • Improve reliability, on-time bus arrivals and departures
  • Support ridership recovery and attract new riders
  • Improve efficiency of operations and driving experience for bus operators 
  • Bus stop balancing and relocation removes bus stops that are too close together and relocates bus stops to the far-side of the intersection to help buses travel faster and more reliably.

  • Bus bulbs are curb extensions that allow buses to stop in the lane of traffic. Bus bulbs improve speed and reliability by reducing the amount of time lost when merging in and out of traffic, while also reducing pedestrian crossing distances.

  • Queue jumps allow buses to enter traffic flow from a dedicated bus lane or right-turn only lane and reduce delay for buses merging back into traffic.

  • Bus-only lanes help buses bypass traffic congestion to achieve faster and more reliable service. 

 

Click here to download the initial draft list of improvements on El Camino Real. 

The public comment period for the ECR Study was held from April 11th through May 20th and is now concluded. We held a public meeting, collected online feedback via an interactive map, and talked to riders at stops. Materials from public outreach is linked in the "Presentations and Materials" section below. 

We are now incorporating all the feedback we heard into the final recommendations. Stay tuned! In the meantime, feel free to reach out to ecrstudy@samtrans.com with specific questions.

Community Meeting on Draft Recommendations 5/19/22 - Presentation | Presentación简报 

SamTrans Board of Directors Meeting 5/4/22 - ECR Study Draft Recommendations, Board Presentation

SamTrans Board of Directors Meeting 8/4/21 - ECR Corridor Initiatives, Board Presentation