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SamTrans reducing service due to massive ridership decreases

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SamTrans is reducing service as a result of massive ridership declines to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many SamTrans routes will reflect their Saturday schedules during the weekdays, and service reductions will be made on 31 routes, the transit agency announced.

Routes 118, 274, 275 and 276 have seen such large dips in ridership that they will be removed from operation. Routes 270, 397, and 398 will operate as normal as they have not seen significant decreases.

Route ECR will run every 20 minutes on weekdays and will not have any changes in Saturday and Sunday service. Route FCX will only offer two trips from Foster City to San Francisco in the morning and from San Francisco to Foster City in the evening. Route SFO will have a 60 minute frequency, rather than the usual 30 minutes.

SamTrans’ ridership began to decrease in March when California’s shelter-in-place order was initially announced. Most routes have experience a 65-70 percent drop in ridership.

All riders are required to wear a mask when riding public transportation, per the county’s public health order. SamTrans will also monitor ridership levels to enforce social distancing.

To view SamTrans routes and times, click here.

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