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SamTrans to Hold Virtual Public Hearing on FY2020 Measure W Audit

The San Mateo County Transit District Measure W Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC) will hold a public hearing this Thursday, July 22, to receive public comments on financial and performance audits
Caltrain and SamTrans Offer Fourth of July Service & Observed Holiday Service

Caltrain and SamTrans will provide holiday service on Sunday, July 4, for Independence Day. Caltrain will operate a Sunday schedule in addition to extra post-event southbound service following the Fourth
SamTrans Updates Runbook, Improves Connections to Caltrain

The new SamTrans service changes go into effect Sunday, June 20, removing school service for the summer and better aligning with Caltrain’s schedule at Menlo Park. Route 286 will arrive
Board of Directors Passes Operating and Capital Budgets

The San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors unanimously approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Operating and Capital Budgets at its regular board meeting this month. The adopted SamTrans
SamTrans Launches New Anti-Racism Artwork on Buses and Shelters in Support of AAPI Community

In a continued effort to show its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, SamTrans has partnered with the Millbrae Anti-Racist Coalition , and three Asian-American artists, to launch a series of
SamTrans to Operate Holiday Schedule on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is Monday, May 31, and SamTrans is ready to get riders where they need to go. The bus agency will operate on a standard holiday schedule, which is
Statement: Caltrain, SamTrans Offer Condolences for VTA Shooting

The men and women of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) are in the thoughts of everyone at Caltrain and SamTrans today as they cope with the shooting that
San Mateo County Transit District Supports Newsom Budget

The San Mateo County Transit District supports the expanded investment in transportation in Governor Newsom’s recently announced budget. With a focus on job creation, increasing connectivity and protecting our climate,
SamTrans Designates May as Older Americans Month

May is full of celebrations, such as Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. May is also “ Older Americans Month .” In 1963, President John F. Kennedy and members of
SamTrans to Hold Reimagine SamTrans Public Meetings

SamTrans will hold four online public meetings to gather feedback for the proposed three bus network alternatives identified as part of Reimagine SamTrans . Feedback received from the outreach campaign held
Reimagine SamTrans Seeks Public Opinion on Potential Service Changes

SamTrans is conducting public outreach on the three potential alternatives for its service identified through Reimagine SamTrans , a comprehensive operational analysis of the agency. San Mateo County residents can give
SamTrans Prepares for Students’ Return to Schools

SamTrans is partnering with school districts throughout San Mateo County to provide bus service to campuses as they reopen. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic subsides, the agency remains committed to
SamTrans Receives $16 Million in Federal Funding

SamTrans has been awarded 16 million in federal funds as part of the second coronavirus response and relief bill passed last year. SamTrans has faced unprecedented challenges as a result
SamTrans Joins Bay Area Transit Agencies in Launching Consolidated Vaccine Site Information

SamTrans and Bay Area transit agencies are teaming up to ensure that those individuals who are eligible for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine can use transit to get to vaccination sites
SamTrans to Hold Virtual Public Meeting on Dumbarton Rail Bridge Project

SamTrans will host a virtual public meeting to discuss the Dumbarton Rail Corridor Project on Monday, March 15. This meeting will allow local residents and community members to learn more
Hartnett Honored with Ray LaHood Award from WTS Organization

San Mateo County Transit District General Manager/CEO Jim Hartnett has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's Honorable Ray LaHood
​SamTrans Names Operator and Maintenance Employees of the Year

Jesus Madrid, a 21-year bus operator, and Joswell Santos, a 16-year maintenance mechanic, have been named SamTrans’ 2020 Employees of the Year. Each year, SamTrans recognizes the achievements of its
SamTrans to Provide Free Rides to Vaccination Sites in San Mateo County

Beginning this Thursday, SamTrans will provide free bus rides on existing service to coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination sites for people living or working within San Mateo County. Since the onset of
Caltrain, SamTrans Adjust Schedules For Presidents’ Day Holiday

Caltrain will operate a modified schedule on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15. Caltrain will operate 38 trains, including early morning service and two round trip trains between Gilroy and San
SamTrans to Start New Series of Online Outreaches

In an effort to build engagement with our riders during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SamTrans will begin a weekly series of Instagram Live outreaches beginning tomorrow at lunchtime. The brown
SamTrans Names Medina to Board of Directors

San Bruno Mayor Rico Medina has joined the SamTrans Board of Directors, representing the Northern Judicial Cities. Medina currently serves as Vice Chair of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority
SamTrans Increases Service on Some Routes

The new SamTrans service changes go into effect Sunday, January 17, restoring some service back to pre-pandemic levels in order to ensure onboard capacity allows for social distancing. Route 250
Caltrain, SamTrans to Run New Year’s Service

In order to ensure that those needing a safe ride home at the end of their evening will have one, Caltrain and SamTrans will provide free rides starting at 8
District Board of Directors Chair, Charles Stone, Issues Statement on Jim Hartnett’s Departure as District GM

Jim Hartnett announced today that he will leave his position as CEO/GM of the San Mateo County Transit District in April 2021. At that time, Deputy CEO/GM Carter Mau will
Caltrain, SamTrans Offer Christmas Day & Christmas Eve Service

Santa may have a late shift on Christmas, but he’s not alone, as both Caltrain and SamTrans will be in operation for the holiday. Caltrain will operate on its Sunday
Transit District Board Adopts Plan for Zero-Emission Bus Service

The San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors approved a plan today to convert the SamTrans bus fleet to 100% zero-emissions by 2038, two years earlier than required by
SamTrans to Adjust Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday

Caltrain will operate alternative schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26, and the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 27. SamTrans will operate its regular Sunday schedule on
SamTrans Board Approves Participation in Clipper START Program

Beginning January 2021, SamTrans will begin participating in Clipper START , the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) means-based fares pilot program. The SamTrans Board of Directors unanimously approved participation in the program
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 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 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 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
Riding Together: Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan

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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 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