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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
Transit District Statement: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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
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 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
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
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 To Hold Toy Drive at Serramonte Center

This Friday, December 13, SamTrans will be hosting its annual Stuff A Bus event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Serramonte Center in Daly City. This holiday toy drive,
SamTrans Board Adopts 2019 Title VI Program Update

In accordance with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) policy and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the SamTrans Board adopted the 2019 update to its Title VI Program at its monthly
SamTrans En Route to Redwood City’s Hometown Holidays Parade

On Saturday, December 7, a custom-decorated SamTrans holiday bus will once again roll down Broadway in Downtown Redwood City for the annual Hometown Holidays Festival & Parade. Festivities will take
Caltrain and SamTrans to Adjust Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday

Caltrain will operate alternative schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28, and the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 29. SamTrans will operate its regular Sunday schedule on
Take SamTrans and Caltrain to the Harvest Festival in San Mateo

Art & craft enthusiasts from throughout the Peninsula will flock to the 2019 Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show at the San Mateo County Event Center . The festival will
Jim Hartnett Named Most Admired CEO

Jim Hartnett, General Manager/CEO of the San Mateo County Transit District, has been named one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Admired CEOs . The award recognizes outstanding CEOs for their
SamTrans Launches Reimagine SamTrans

SamTrans has kicked off the Reimagine SamTrans project, a comprehensive operational analysis of the agency that will pinpoint challenges and opportunities using data, public input and innovation to improve bus
SamTrans Offers Hourly Bus Service for Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay

Don't be haunted by traffic and parking goblins. Ride SamTrans and travel in good spirits to the 49th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival this weekend, October 19
PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff not Expected to Impact Caltrain & SamTrans Operations

Caltrain and SamTrans will continue to operate during PG&E’s Public Safety Power Outage . The utility company has informed the District that planned outages should not affect SamTrans facilities, Caltrain service
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
Come for the Fog, Skip the Drive: Take SamTrans to Pacifica Fogfest

Pacifica Fogfest rolls into town this weekend, September 28 and 29, and SamTrans is on hand to make the drive for you. SamTrans Routes 110 and 112 drop off and
San Mateo County Transit District Launches Podcast

The San Mateo County Transit District has debuted Wheel Talk , the official podcast of the agency. With a monthly release schedule, the podcast will address policy issues affecting SamTrans, Caltrain
Caltrain and SamTrans will Operate a Sunday Schedule for Labor Day

Caltrain and SamTrans will operate a Sunday schedule for Labor Day on Monday, September 2. Caltrain service will not operate south of the Diridon Station, but a shuttle bus will
SamTrans Service Changes Provide Connection for Menlo-Atherton High School Students

As schools come back into session, SamTrans will offer Menlo-Atherton High School students a new means of getting to class. This is part of the August runbook changes , updates to
SamTrans Offers Free Rides for Community College Students

SamTrans is kicking off the school year with an offer of free bus service for San Mateo County community college students. This custom bus pass will allow for unlimited rides
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