CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Caltrain, Samtrans Reduce Service As Ridership Drops
SAN MATEO (CBS SF) - Public transit agencies on the Peninsula on Friday announced service adjustments for the coming week in response to decreased ridership due to efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Caltrain said that effective Tuesday, its Baby Bullet Service will not be offered during morning and afternoon peak hour operation.
Local and limited Caltrain service will continue to operate as scheduled, as will off-peak service, including midday and weekend operation.
SamTrans, which is losing ridership due to school closures in San Mateo County, said it will operate on a regular, non-school day schedule on weekdays and that buses will not serve stops labeled "School Days Only."
SamTrans said its average weekday ridership has decreased by about 19 percent since COVID-19 containment efforts began.
Caltrain said it is constantly monitoring ridership during this time and may implement more service changes, as needed.
The updated weekday schedule is available at www.caltrain.com.
Sales of one-way and day pass tickets are down about 75 percent from levels two weeks ago. "With no other dedicated source of funding, Caltrain relies primarily on fares to cover the system's operating costs," the agency noted in a news release.
Both agencies noted that they are maintaining daily onboard cleaning and sanitation protocols in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.
SamTrans said it is also distributing brochures on buses from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about how to minimize risk of exposure.
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