SamTrans to boost service 

Greater frequency on busy lines, elimination or reduction of routes with low ridership and new vehicle models in outlying areas are all part of a major service overhaul approved by SamTrans this week.

Fleshed out over a two-year outreach period, the new service realignment approved by SamTrans’ board of directors Wednesday aims to increase ridership and make service more financially efficient for the San Mateo County bus operator.

Major corridors such as El Camino Real are set to benefit from transit improvements, as are hubs in Daly City, San Mateo and East Palo Alto.

Lines such as Route 123, which runs from the Colma BART station to Skyline College, will be discontinued because of duplicative schedules. Towns such as Pacifica and San Carlos will see experiments with alternative vehicle modes, like shuttle-type buses.

In the upcoming weeks, SamTrans is scheduled to post a timeline for when the new changes will take place. The agency will continue to monitor the service plan, with more changes expected based on ridership trends.

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