SamTrans Offering Up Free Rides For Dump the Pump Day on June 16

SamTrans Offering Up Free Rides For Dump the Pump Day on June 16


Everyone loves a free ride, which is why SamTrans is offering up fare-less travel on its Route ECR and Route 294 buses next Thursday in celebration of Dump the Pump Day.

For the entire service day on June 16, passengers can board for free on Route ECR, which travels along El Camino Real, and Route 294, which runs from Hillsdale to Half Moon Bay.

Backed by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), a national advocacy group, Dump the Pump Day will celebrate its 11th year of existence in 2016. The national event highlights the economic and environmental benefits of taking public transportation, and encourages commuters to get out their cars and onto transit for the day.

Representatives from Caltrain and SamTrans will also be hosting special “Energizer” stations at the Hillsdale Shopping Mall and the Redwood City Transit Center, respectively, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on June 16.

Employees will be handing out snacks, drinks, prizes and information brochures detailing SamTrans and Caltrain transit options. Both SamTrans and Caltrain are managed by the San Mateo County Transit District.

Energizer Station details are here:

Hillsdale Shopping Mall

Corner of West Hillsdale Boulevard and Edison Avenue
7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thursday, June 16

Redwood City Transit Center

1 James Avenue
7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thursday, June 16

According to APTA’s latest research, public transportation use in the country annually saves 856 million hours in travel time, 450 million gallons of fuel, and $21 billion in congestion costs in 498 urban areas. Additionally, public transportation has helped reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. 

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About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 76 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. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

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