SAN MATEO (KCBS) – San Mateo County’s transit system has made adjustments to nearly two-dozen of its bus routes. The changes, which went into effect Sunday, were designed to improve the agency’s on-time performance, and to better help SamTrans riders make connections with other transit systems like Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).

KCBS’ Ron Naso Reports:

Historically, SamTrans reviews and updates its schedules three times a year.

“I don’t think it will take longer to get from Point A to Point B,” transit agency spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew theorized about this latest round of schedule updates. “It’s just a matter of adjusting the timing to improve our on-time efficiency. And sometimes, also, our connections with some of our other lines.”

A majority of the 19 routes being adjusted are weekday lines.

“One of the bus lines that I think people might want to know about is Route 391,” Bartholomew offered, “which services along El Camino Real into many different communities in many different cities.”

Changes to Route 251 were also described as significant, because SamTrans had to reroute a portion of the line because of recent development of a department store.

SamTrans also took passenger input and traffic patterns into account before making the changes.

The new schedules were being posted on SamTrans coaches, as well as on SamTrans’ website. Additional information could be obtained by calling SamTrans Customer Service: (800) 660-4287.

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