SamTrans consolidating north-south bus lines

Tony Avelar / The Christian Science Monitor via Getty ImagesPassengers exits a Caltrain commuter train during the morning commute

Tony Avelar / The Christian Science Monitor via Getty ImagesPassengers exits a Caltrain commuter train during the morning commute

SamTrans is making its El Camino Real service so simple that you might discard your bus schedule. The 390 and 391 routes, which run every 40 minutes, are being replaced by one route, designated ECR. Those buses will arrive every 15 minutes (every 20 minutes on weekends), and they run all the way from Daly City to Palo Alto.

Officials said the old routes could be confusing. Although both routes ran up and down El Camino Real, they didn't stop at all the same places. Furthermore, the 391 went to San Francisco, but not Palo Alto, unlike the 390, which did the reverse. Consequently, commuters had to pay careful attention to which bus they boarded.

The ECR route will stop at all of the Peninsula bus stops serviced by both old routes. All buses will visit Palo Alto, but won't go into San Francisco. San Francisco-bound commuters should take the Route 292 bus, Caltrain or BART. The South San Francisco and San Bruno BART stations are short walks from ECR stops.

Riders disembarking at the corner of John Daly Boulevard and Mission Street also can take Muni's 14-Mission bus into the heart of The City or walk to the nearby BART station.

Daly City Vice Mayor David Canepa applauded the new route, saying it would make life simpler for the working poor, seniors and other marginalized groups.

“What's most important to me is to make sure our under-served residents are able to get to and from work and to medical appointments,” Canepa said.

SamTrans spokeswoman Christine Dunn said the change is the culmination of a two-year outreach process during which SamTrans talked to riders to determine their needs. The change also was driven by population- and employment-growth projections.

The route is already operating on weekends, and weekday service begins Monday, August 12.


An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the corner of John Daly Boulevard and Mission Street is the ECR's route's northernmost stop. In fact, Mission Street at Goethe Street and Evergreen Avenue in Daly City are the route's northernmost point.Bay Area NewsDaly CityPalo AltoPeninsulaSamTrans

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