SamTrans

SamTrans riders board on El Camino Real near downtown San Mateo.

The San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2020 operating and capital budgets at its regular board meeting June 5. The adopted SamTrans’ FY2020 operating budget is $216.9 million and the capital budget is $14.2 million.

This is the district’s first annual operating budget to include funds from Measure W, a voter-approved half-cent sales tax that goes into effect July 1. Funds from the measure will support day-to-day management of district services, including investments called for in the SamTrans Business Plan like the recently launched SamTrans OnDemand pilot in Pacifica’s Linda Mar neighborhood and the reintroduction of express bus service with a new route between Foster City and San Francisco scheduled for August 2019. Approved capital projects include paratransit vehicle replacements, IT system upgrades and facility improvements, according to the transit agency.

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