Milestones

2018:

  • Purchased 10 electric buses and 55 clean-diesel articulated buses
  • Entered into agreement with Facebook and Plenary Group to explore development of the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor
  • Initiated new Route SFO and ECR Rapid bus service
  • Approved Coastside Study
  • Launched SamTrans Mobile and Youth Mobility Ambassador Program
  • Adopted SamTrans Business Plan

2017:

  • Began live-streaming monthly Board meetings
  • Approved Youth Mobility Plan
  • Adopted final Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Study
  • Determined goals for prioritizing transportation investments through Get Us Moving public education/engagement efforts

2016

  • Signed an agreement with Facebook to launch the Dumbarton Corridor Study
  • Displayed a special art exhibit at the Peninsula Museum of Art for school children that participated in the 2016 "Art Takes a Bus Ride Contest"
  • Launched online sales for Summer Youth Pass
  • Offered all day free rides on the ECR and Route 294 buses for annual "Dump the Pump" Day

2015

  • Implemented the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan
  • Hired new GM/CEO Jim Hartnett to lead the Transit District
  • Partnered with local veterans' organizations on public transit initiatives
  • Brought back the SamTrans Bus Roadeo after a seven year absence

2014

  • Implemented systemwide service changes as part of the SamTrans Service Plan, which increased frequency on a number of core routes
  • Redesigned all bus stop signs and added information for accessing real-time departures
  • Installed a new bus stop at the Devil's Slide trail head
  • Celebrated the 10th anniversary of "Art Takes a Bus Ride" contest for students

 

2013

  • Purchased its first fleet of hybrid buses (25), which were manufactured by Gillig across the bay in Hayward
  • Combined mainline Routes 390 and 391 into Route ECR, which travels from Palo Alto to Daly City. The route operates every 15 minutes on weekdays
  • Added SamTrans route locations and times to Google Maps
  • Graduated the largest class of bus operators in SamTrans history: 27

2012

  • Replaced paper Monthly passes with Clipper card
  • Introduced a Day Pass, which allows customers unlimited rides all day for a single fare
  • Introduced weekend Route ECR, providing service every 20 minutes along El Camino Real between Palo Alto and Daly City

2011

  • Started accepting Clipper, the regional fare card
  • Began community outreach to get feedback on its SamTrans Service Plan about possible changes to bus service
  • Took first step into the social networking world with the creation of a SamTrans Youth Facebook page dedicated to helping teen riders

2010

  • Routes KX, 292, 391 and 397 moved to the Transbay Temporary Terminal at Howard and Main streets to allow for construction of the new Transbay Transit Center
  • Route 17 service is extended to the Linda Mar Park and Ride lot in Pacifica on weekends and holidays

2009

  • Started the Mobility Ambassador Program, which introduces seniors and people with disabilities to the wide variety of transit options available in the county
  • Increased ridership on Route 17 almost 23 percent to 8,323 people during January compared to the previous January

2008

  • Partnered with Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo to sponsor Holiday Bus
  • Replaced first of 204 passengers shelters with contemporary, solar-powered, lighted shelters with advertising

2007

  • Named Employer of the Year by Northern California Chapter of the conference of Minority Transportation Officials
  • Extended service on Coastside Routes 14 and 110 as part of a grant-funded pilot program

2006

  • Debuted the first Holiday Bus
  • Passed an ordinance to prohibit smoking in its bus shelters and at bus stops

2005

  • Marked 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' act of civil disobedience by reserving the front seat on all SamTrans buses in her honor Dec. 1
  • Sponsored "Art Takes a Bus Ride" contest for all students

2004

  • Received First Place AdWheel Award from the American Public Transportation Association for a campaign to boost bus token sales

2003

  • Aligned bus service to serve the new South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae BART stations
  • Repowered 137 buses to lower their emissions and extend their service life

2002

  • Purchased 55 new 60-foot articulated buses
  • Established the District’s’ first full-time Transit Police staff through a contract with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

2001

  • Introduced free community shuttles to employment and shopping centers
  • Offered overnight service for the first time (Route 397)

2000

  • Started new Coastside service with Route 17

1999

  • Renamed all routes

1998

  • Earned the Peninsula Emergency Services Association’s V. Fitzgerald Award for outstanding emergency service project

1997

  • Partnered with BART on extension to San Francisco International Airport

1996

  • Opened Colma BART Station/SamTrans Transit Center

1995

  • Set a 49ers football service ridership record to a single game: 10,566.
  • Began exterior bus advertising

1994

  • Implemented express route between the Daly City BART Station and San Francisco International Airport

1993

  • Became fully wheelchair accessible with purchase of 133 new buses
  • Expanded Redi-Wheels program with the purchase of 19 new buses and expanded service hours

1992

  • Provided approximately 25 percent of the capital costs for the construction of the Colma BART station
  • Became managing partner for Caltrain

1991

  • Purchased the Caltrain right of way from San Francisco to San Jose, and formed the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board along with SFMTA and VTA to manage it

1989

  • Opened the District’s largest park and ride lot (814 spaces) in Daly City
  • Provided extra buses on its mainline and transbay routes after the Loma Prieta earthquake

1988

  • Named managing agency of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, which administers the voter-approved half cent sales for transportation improvements

1986

  • Introduced seven monthly unlimited-ride passes

1978

  • Formed unique fare stabilization plan for Southern Pacific rail riders. This plan ultimately led to SamTrans joining Caltrans, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and Muni in a long-term agreement with Southern Pacific for Caltrain rail service

1977

  • Began offering service for customers with mobility impairments through the Redi-Wheels paratransit program

1976

  • Consolidated 11 municipal bus systems into the San Mateo County Transit District, commonly known as SamTrans