El Camino Real Bus Speed and Reliability Study

The El Camino Real corridor serves as a central spine through San Mateo County, connecting numerous business districts and downtowns. El Camino Real carries high volumes of traffic and a majority of intersections experience long traffic delays during peak hours. The average speed of buses on El Camino Real is declining, and as a result on-time performance and reliability is deteriorating. Slower moving buses are less appealing to riders and increasingly more expensive for SamTrans to maintain the same level of service.

The El Camino Real Bus Speed and Reliability Study (ECR Study) aims to understand the effects of traffic congestion on buses using El Camino Real, and identify potential changes to improve travel times, enhance on-time performance, and manage operational resources. Key deliverables of the ECR Study include: data collection and analysis; findings from on-site and on-board observations; extensive public outreach to riders, residents, and business owners along the corridor; a set of near-term and long-term recommendations for operational and infrastructure improvements; and a final report consolidating findings and recommendations.

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 summer 2022.


ECR Corridor Initiatives – SamTrans Board of Directors Meeting 8/4/21