SamTrans to Hold Community Meeting for ECR Study

SamTrans is seeking comments on its El Camino Real Bus Speed and Reliability Study (ECR Study). The study seeks to analyze the impact of slowdowns on bus service on El Camino Real and identify potential improvements to help achieve faster and more reliable service.

Public outreach began this week and ends on May 20. The community is being asked to provide input on the draft improvements to inform the final report, which is planned to go to the SamTrans Board of Directors in late summer.

Route ECR is the backbone of SamTrans, serving a quarter of the agency’s riders along its 25-mile run through 13 cities. The study is proposing potential improvements that would make that route, and others that use El Camino Real, more efficient and reliable to improve the experience for both operators and riders, and to help attract new riders. Some of the draft improvements include bus stop balancing and relocation, bus bulbs, queue jumps and bus-only lanes.

SamTrans will be hosting a virtual community meeting to talk about the project and answer your questions:

Thursday, May 19

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin

Call in option: 669 900 9128

Zoom webinar ID: 833 7256 7854


In 2020, SamTrans was awarded funding through the Caltrans Sustainable Communities Grant Program for this study. SamTrans kicked off the study in January 2021 and has since completed the existing conditions evaluation, location-specific analysis, and has engaged bus operators and community stakeholders to develop the initial set of draft improvements.


About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 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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