Reimagine SamTrans – Implementation

 

Getting around San Mateo County just got better.

Students Reading Book on Bus
You spoke, we listened...

…and now we've taken action. In March 2022, the SamTrans Board of Directors approved a set of changes to the SamTrans bus network through a project known as Reimagine SamTrans. This new network was crafted after careful consideration of what we heard from the public, from over 200 outreach meetings and thousands of comments and survey responses over the course of two and a half years.

We are now using this valuable input to implement a new, streamlined bus network with:

  • Brand new routes and connections
  • Faster and more direct routes
  • Simpler, easier to understand routes
  • Continually improving frequency

New Routes: New local Route 142 now serves some areas previously served by Routes 140 and 141. Existing school-oriented service on Routes 110, 112, 130, 140, 141, 250, 251, 278 and 286 will continue to be provided on the following new Routes 10, 12, 30, 40, 41, 42, 50, 51, 78 and 86

Consolidated Routes: Local Routes 274, 275 and 278 were consolidated into Route 278. Local Routes 251 and 256 were consolidated into a revised Route 251. SamTrans consolidated school-oriented Routes 39, 55, 95 and 84 into Routes 37, 53, 61 and 83, respectively. In each case, two existing school-oriented routes became one route that serves more neighborhoods to the same schools. In some cases, this would result in a longer ride for some students, but service to almost all areas with existing ridership is still available.

Eliminated Routes: Local Route 140 was eliminated and replaced by service on Routes 141 and 142. School-oriented Route 80 was eliminated. Morning service on school-oriented Routes 85 and 87 has been discontinued.

 

But it doesn't stop there.

Future phases of implementation will include:

  • Improved frequency on 15 routes systemwide
  • More service on weekends and during midday or evening times on 10 routes
  • New routes to San Mateo County community colleges
  • New on-demand service areas

SamTrans is recruiting additional bus operators so we can implement the full Reimagine SamTrans service vision! Come join us to help deliver these exciting new services. Interested in becoming a bus operator? Click here.


What to Expect Next After Phase 1

You may be asking, what changes are still to come for my route?

Reimagine SamTrans calls for more bus service in San Mateo County. Phase 1 of implementing Reimagine SamTransoccurred in August 2022 and included only some of the changes approved in the full plan. Additional approved changes, including new routes, frequency enhancements, and expanded hours and days of service, will occur in future phases.

An overview of the Phase 1 and Future Phase changes for each route is available below. More detail on the changes for each route can be found in appendix E of the final Reimagine SamTrans plan, available for download from this webpage: https://www.samtrans.com/planning/reimagine-samtrans/resources

When will these additional changes be made?

SamTrans strives to deliver these improvements as soon as possible. However, the timing of these phases is dependent on SamTrans’ available number of bus operators and will require us to hire and train additional staff to deliver the service improvements. 

Note that SamTrans adjusts service up to four times per year (February, June, August and November). More detail on the timing of future service changes will be made available as we approach these planned dates. Please check back! 

SamTrans is recruiting additional bus operators so we can implement the full Reimagine SamTrans service vision! Come join us to help deliver these exciting new services. Interested in becoming a bus operator? Click here.

Route Approved Changes Implemented in Phase 1 (August 2022) Approved Future Changes – Phase and Timing To Be Determined
ECR Routing changes (removal of Sickles loop) Increased frequency on weekends
Bus stop balancing/consolidation
ECR OWL New route name for overnight trips (route ECR Owl) No additional changes planned
EPX Route not operating Launch new route
FCX No changes Increased frequency on weekdays
FLX Pacifica Eliminate route --
SFO Eliminate route --
17 New route number (route 117)
Routing changes (removal of service to Canada Cove, 6th St/Sunshine Valley and Pescadero)
Increased frequency on weekends
 
38 New route number (route 138)
Adjust schedule to simplify routing
No additional changes planned
110 Routing changes (removal of Longview deviation, incorporate Linda Mar loop)
School trips operated as new route 10
Increased frequency on weekdays and weekends
112 Routing changes (truncate route at Sharp Park)
School trips operated as new route 12
No additional changes planned
118 Route not operating Reinstate route
Route alignment changes (removal of Colma BART)
Increased frequency on weekdays
120 No changes Increased frequency on weekend evenings
121 Routing changes (removal of Colma BART; change near Serramonte) Increased frequency on weekdays and weekends
Extend service hours on weekend evenings
122 No changes No changes planned
130 Routing changes (removal of Sickles loop; extend route to Oyster Point Marina
Increased frequency on weekends
Extend service hours on weekend evenings
140 Eliminate Route --
141 Routing changes (extend to Skyline College)
Operate school trips as new routes 40 and 41
Extend service hours on weekdays and weekends in evenings
142 Implement new route No additional changes planned
249 Route not operating Launch new route
250 Routing changes (new routing on Franklin Parkway and W Hillsdale)
Operate school trips as new route 50
251 Routing changes (new routing on Foster City Blvd, Beach Park, Edgewater, Fashion Island, Delaware St)
Operate school trips as new route 51
Add new Sunday service
256 Eliminate route --
260 Routing changes (removal of service west of Cipriani and east of Bridge Parkway) Increased frequency on weekdays
Add new Sunday service
270 No changes No changes planned
274 Eliminate route --
275 Eliminate route (consolidate with route 278) --
276 Route not operating Reinstate route
Increased weekday frequencies
Add new weekend service
278 Increased weekday frequencies
Add new Sunday service
Increased weekday frequencies
Extend service hours on weekdays and weekends
280 No changes Route alignment changes (removal of O’Connor and Woodland Ave)
Reduce frequency
281 No changes Route alignment changes (extend to Stanford University)
Increased weekday and weekend frequencies
Extend service hours on Sundays
286 Rename to route 86 No additional changes planned
292 Routing changes (deviation to Millbrae Transit Center) Bus stop balancing/consolidation
Schedule adjustments
294 Routing changes (removal of deviation to College of San Mateo, San Mateo Medical Center)
Increased frequency on weekdays
No additional changes planned
295 Routing changes (truncate route at Hillsdale, operate on Jefferson)
Increased weekday frequency
Add new weekend service
Extend service hours on weekdays
296 Routing changes (removal of VA deviation in one direction) Increased frequency on weekdays and weekends
296 OWL New route name for overnight trips on 296 (route 296 Owl) No additional changes planned
397 No changes No additional changes planned
398 Reduced frequency Eliminate route
Route Approved Changes Implemented in Phase 1 (August 2022) Approved Future Changes – Phase and Timing To Be Determined
10 Launch new school-oriented route To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
12 Launch new school-oriented route To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
40 Launch new school-oriented route To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
41 Launch new school-oriented route To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
42 Launch new school-oriented route To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
51 Launch new school-oriented route To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
37 Routing changes (consolidate with route 39 route) To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
39 Eliminate route --
53 Routing changes (consolidate with route 55 route) To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
55 Eliminate route --
61 Routing changes (consolidate with route 95) To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
95 Eliminate route --
80 Eliminate route --
83 Routing changes (consolidate with route 84) To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
84 Eliminate route --
85 Delete morning trip To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
87 Delete morning trip To be determined based on annual school-oriented route assessment
Route Approved Changes Implemented in Phase 1 (August 2022) Approved Future Changes – Phase and Timing To Be Determined
Half Moon Bay On-Demand Service Service not operating Launch new service
East Palo Alto On-Demand Service Service not operating Launch new service