Caltrain, SamTrans, BART drop mask mandates

Caltrain, SamTrans adjust service due to coronavirus impacts

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Caltrain will suspend Baby Bullet Service during the morning and afternoon peak hours on weekdays starting Tuesday, March 17, due to a significant decline in ridership stemming from efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

“Local and limited service will continue to operate as scheduled, as will off–peak service, including midday and weekend service,” the transit agency said.

Also, SamTrans will begin operating a regular, non-school day schedule on weekdays. Weekend service will remain unchanged. Also during the week, routes will not serve stops that are labeled as ‘School Days Only.’

Additional service changes during this uncertain period may occur.

According to Caltrain, one-way and Day Pass ticket sales have declined by approximately 75 percent from their levels two weeks ago. Caltrain relies primarily on fares to cover the system’s operating costs, as it has no other dedicated source of funding. According to SamTrans, average weekday ridership has decreased by approximately 19 percent since COVID-19 containment efforts began.

Both transit agencies are maintaining daily onboard cleaning and sanitation protocols in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.