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.
We want to hear from you!
Do you want reduced travel times? Shorter and more predictable wait times? Help us speed up Route ECR and tell us what improvements you want to see on El Camino Real. You can provide comments by commenting below or on the interactive map, joining the community meeting, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Email address is optional. SamTrans respects your privacy - your email address will only be used for communications related to transportation in the Bay Area and will not be sold to third parties for advertising purposes.
View your neighborhood stops and provide your comments directly on this interactive map of the draft bus stop balancing effort for Route ECR. Please note that this is an early phase of identifying stops for removal/consolidation. We will conduct additional rider outreach before making any changes.
We will be hosting a virtual community meeting to talk about the project and answer your questions:
- When: Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin
- Zoom information:
- Call-in number: (669) 900-9128
- Meeting ID: 833 7256 7854
- Link: https://bit.ly/ecrstudy
SamTrans staff will also be out at Route ECR bus stops to talk to riders between April 11th and May 20th about this study. If you see us, come by and say hi!
Presentations and materials
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