Friday, January 24, 2014

FLX Pacifica -- January 24, 2014

SamTrans is cutting off a big chunk of the route of our local bus in Pacifica and piloting a paratransit-like option on two routes.  The other is in San Carlos.  I don't remember any public hearings about this.

"SamTrans to Introduce Two Flex Routes Effective Jan. 27, 2013
"As part of a one-year pilot program, SamTrans is launching two weekday bus routes that will be a mixture of fixed and flexible routing for customer convenience.  The routes – FLX Pacifica and FLX San Carlos – will serve SamTrans bus stops for the fixed routing.  For the flexible routing part of the service, the bus will pick up customers directly from their homes or other locations within the defined service area.  Buses will only stop to serve customers where it’s safe to do so and won’t go in private driveways, public parking lots or shopping centers.  SamTrans fares will apply.  SamTrans will use 25-foot wheelchair lift-equipped buses with bike racks for the pilot project.  By mid-January, route schedules and maps will be available online at, by calling 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) and at the Pacifica and San Carlos city halls.

"FLX Pacifica
"Service area: The bus will travel clockwise from the Linda Mar Park & Ride along Highway 1 to Crespi Drive, Fassler Avenue, Terra Nova Boulevard, Oddstad Boulevard and back to Linda Mar Boulevard.
"Service flexibility: The bus will operate on a fixed schedule serving SamTrans bus stops.  However, customers will be able to arrange for direct service within one-half mile of the route by calling one day in advance. 
"Service hours: Buses will operate every 45 minutes weekdays from about 7 a.m. to 5:40 p.m."
"To arrange a ride: Customers will call a designated number up to one day before they want to travel.  Rides will be reserved based on availability. The reservation phone number will be available after Jan. 20."
Route map and schedule:

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