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SamTrans Designates October as Disabilities Awareness Month

Following this year’s 30 th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the SamTrans Board of Directors declared October “Disabilities Awareness Month” at their monthly public meeting, reaffirming the agency’s
SamTrans Board Accepting Applications for Public Members

The San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill the two public member seats on its board that will expire on Dec. 31, 2024. The
SamTrans Seeks Volunteers for Measure W Citizen’s Oversight Committee

The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) is recruiting members for the newly formed Measure W Congestion Relief Plan Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC). The COC is tasked with reviewing
SamTrans Explores Clipper START Feasibility

In the coming months, SamTrans will consider the agency’s potential participation in Clipper START , the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) means-based fares pilot program. A taskforce is analyzing the program’s benefits
SamTrans Board of Directors Approves Operating and Capital Budgets

The San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors approved Operating and Capital Budgets for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 at its September board meeting. The adopted SamTrans Operating Budget is
SamTrans Board Endorses Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan

The SamTrans Board of Directors voted to endorse the Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan at its September meeting. The regional transit plan outlines action items for frequent cleaning, personal protective
SamTrans to Operate Sunday Schedule for Labor Day

SamTrans will operate a Sunday schedule for Labor Day on Monday, September 7. Sunday bus service is less frequent than the weekday schedule and does not serve schools or routes
SamTrans Increases Service, Enhances Boarding Procedures

As community needs and economic conditions stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to influence public transit ridership, SamTrans is updating its schedule and operations effective Sunday, August 16. In
SamTrans Launches Ride Now Taxi Subsidy Pilot Program

Starting August 1, 2020, SamTrans will begin accepting applications for qualifying customers to participate in Ride Now , a subsidized taxi service for seniors and people with disabilities, including existing Redi-Wheels
SamTrans, Caltrain Release Sustainability Reports

The San Mateo County Transit District released its 2019 Sustainability Reports, outlining the environmental impacts of SamTrans and Caltrain . Since the publishing of the last report from 2017, which covered
Caltrain, SamTrans Help Riders Declare Independence from Cars on July 4

Caltrain and SamTrans will be running service on Saturday, July 4, for Independence Day. Caltrain will operate a Saturday schedule on the Fourth of July, and a standard weekday schedule
SamTrans and Caltrain Launch Coronavirus Rider Survey

As Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions ease, SamTrans and Caltrain are reaching out to customers, both at home and onboard, for input on how both transit agencies can best adapt to
SamTrans Board of Directors Approves Interim Operating and Capital Budgets

The San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors unanimously approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Interim Operating and Capital Budgets at its regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 3.
SamTrans Resumes San Francisco Service

As of today, June 3, SamTrans is resuming service to and from San Francisco during curfew. This will affect SamTrans routes 292, 397 and 398. SamTrans will be continuing to
SamTrans Adjusts Service in Response to Public Demonstrations

SamTrans is temporarily suspending service to and from San Francisco from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to comply with the newly established curfew. This will affect SamTrans routes 292, 397
SamTrans Seeks Volunteers for Citizens Advisory Committee

SamTrans is soliciting applications to fill three seats on its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is a 15-member volunteer organization that serves in an advisory capacity to the SamTrans
SamTrans Cancels 2020 Summer Youth Pass

Due to the suspension of onboard fare collection as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), SamTrans will not sell Summer Youth Passes for 2020. In the interest of passenger and
FLX Pacifica Service Returns to Linda Mar

Starting Monday, May 4, SamTrans’ OnDemand service will revert back to the original FLX Pacifica route in the Linda Mar neighborhood of Pacifica. The last day of OnDemand operation will
SamTrans Cancels Art Takes A Bus Ride Contest

Due to the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SamTrans is canceling its annual Art Takes a Bus Ride contest for young San Mateo County artists this year. The contest,
SamTrans Reduces Service in Response to Pandemic, Face Coverings Now Required Onboard

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SamTrans will be implementing a modified schedule beginning Sunday, April 26, with service reductions on 31 routes. Riders and bus operators will also
SamTrans Votes to Preserve Opportunity for Caltrain Dedicated Funding

At their April meeting, the San Mateo County Transit District (District) Board of Directors voted to authorize Caltrain to place a 1/8-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot in
SamTrans to Begin Rear-Boarding Practice Wednesday

In an effort to comply with social distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on Wednesday SamTrans will begin implementing rear-door
Bay Area Transit Agency Statement: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Bay Area transit agencies are making a coordinated effort to keep essential transportation services available to the communities we serve. Due to
SamTrans to Maintain Service During Shelter In Place Public Health Order

A Public Health Order has been issued that requires Bay Area residents in six counties, including San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, to shelter in place as a
Riding Together: Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan

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SamTrans Adjusts Service in Response to Coronavirus-related School Closures, Ridership Declines

In response to school closures in San Mateo County, as part of the effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), SamTrans will begin operating a regular, non-school day
San Mateo County Transit District Posts 2019 Progress Reports

The San Mateo County Transit District has published 2019 Progress Reports for all three of its agencies: SamTrans , Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA). The Progress Report,
SamTrans to Revert OnDemand Pilot to Original FLX Pacifica Service

Beginning this May, the SamTrans OnDemand pilot program, which is currently operating in the Linda Mar community of Pacifica, will revert back to the original FLX Pacifica route. The decision
SamTrans Announces Operator and Maintenance Employees of the Year

Andrew Cheung, a 17-year bus operator, and Jairo Patino, a nine-year maintenance mechanic, have been named SamTrans’ 2019 Employees of the Year. Each year, SamTrans recognizes the achievements of its
Transit District Statement: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the Bay Area, the San Mateo County Transit District is monitoring the situation and maintaining regular contact with local public health
SamTrans, County Office of Education Announce 2020 Art Takes a Bus Ride Contest

Now in its 16 th year, SamTrans is holding its annual Art Takes a Bus Ride contest for young artists throughout San Mateo County. The contest invites local students to
Caltrain, SamTrans To Adjust Schedules For Presidents’ Day Holiday

Caltrain will operate a modified schedule on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, with 36 trains running between San Francisco and San Jose, including two bullet trains and four limited service
SamTrans Service Changes Suspend ECR Rapid Due to Operator Shortage

The new SamTrans runbook goes into effect Sunday, January 19, and it includes the suspension of the ECR Rapid as well as other changes. The ECR Rapid launched in June
Caltrain & SamTrans to Operate Modified Schedule for MLK Jr. Day Holiday

Caltrain and SamTrans will continue to provide service on Monday, January 20, for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Caltrain will operate a modified schedule , which includes one train
SamTrans Elects New Officers for 2020

The SamTrans Board of Directors named South San Francisco Councilmember Karyl Matsumoto as the new chairperson of the board to lead them through 2020 at its first meeting of the
SamTrans Promotes Free Transfers

To help inform riders about the agency’s new free transfer policy, SamTrans is holding a series of outreach events. SamTrans staff will be providing riders with free Clipper cards and
SamTrans Fares Change With the New Year

The fare changes approved by the SamTrans Board of Directors will go into effect on January 1, 2020. An Adult one way fare will remain at 2.25, while the cost
SamTrans Offers Free Rides for New Year’s Eve

In order to ensure New Year’s revelers can enjoy their night safely and responsibly, SamTrans will be offering free service from 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, until 5 a.m.
Caltrain, SamTrans Continue to Operate on Christmas Day

Santa isn’t the only one working on Christmas, as both Caltrain and SamTrans will be in operation for the holiday. Caltrain will operate on its Sunday schedule on Wednesday, December
SamTrans Designates October as Disabilities Awareness Month

Reaffirming its commitment to providing high quality service to all passengers while also highlighting the challenges facing persons with mobility impairments, SamTrans has declared October “Disabilities Awareness Month.” By recognizing
SamTrans Elects New Board Director from Coastside

The SamTrans Board of Directors swore in their newest public member, Marina Fraser. Fraser represents the Coastside region of San Mateo County. Previously, she served on the Half Moon Bay
Transit District Offers Free Fares for Federal Employees

Beginning Thursday, January 24, the San Mateo County Transit District will provide free bus and train rides throughout its service areas to all federal government employees who are affected by
SamTrans Offers Free Bus Rides Friday

In response to persistent unhealthy air quality conditions stemming from the Northern California wildfires, the San Mateo County Transit District announced that all SamTrans fixed-route bus service will be free
SamTrans Board Accepting Applications for Coastside Public Member

The San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill the Coastside public member seat on its board that will expire on Dec. 31, 2022. The
San Mateo County Transit District Board Adopts Coastside Transit Study

The San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors unanimously adopted a study that is expected to improve service in Pacifica, Half Moon Bay and other coastside communities in San
Transit District Board Approves Final Congestion Relief Plan

Today, the San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors approved placing a measure on the November 2018 ballot that would invest approximately 2.4 billion from a new half-cent sales
SamTrans Seeking Public Feedback on Express Bus Study

SamTrans is studying the possibility of new express bus service through San Mateo County, to San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, and the agency wants to hear your thoughts. Over
Caltrain, SamTrans Recognized for Achievements in Sustainability

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recognized SamTrans and Caltrain with Silver-Level status in the APTA Sustainability Commitment Program for the agencies’ continued achievements in sustainability. As signatories to the
Transit District Board Approves New Mobile App Contract

By this fall, SamTrans customers will have the ability to purchase their bus fare and plan their trips all from their smart phone devices. During its April meeting on Wednesday,
SamTrans Releases First Sustainability Report

For the first time in its 41-year history, SamTrans is releasing a Sustainability Report that summarizes and highlights the Transit District’s sustainability achievements between Fiscal Year 2010 and Fiscal Year