Youth Unlimited Pilot Program

Youth Unlimited Pilot Program

In partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education, SamTrans is launching a six-month pilot program from January 1 through June 30, 2022. Known as the Youth Unlimited pilot program, it provides free SamTrans bus fares for Socioeconomically Disadvantaged (SED) students, as defined by the California Department of Education. SED students include students that are eligible for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program, students experiencing homelessness, foster-youth, migrant students, and students whose parents did not graduate high school.

The overall goals of the program are to reduce transportation costs for low-income families, attract new and more frequent riders, and understand the potential operational impacts of providing free fares to some or all youth riders.


How do I get a Youth Unlimited pass?
School districts and individual schools are responsible for distributing the passes to eligible students. Contact your school if you believe you are eligible and haven’t received a pass.

What SamTrans bus routes serve my school?
Visit to see what bus routes serve each school, or call SamTrans Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287.

Will this program continue next school year?
SamTrans will evaluate the financial and operational impact of the pilot program before proposing to implement this program permanently next school year.