SamTrans recently proposed to discontinue Route 295 bus service to Cordilleras Mental Health Center. This was announced as part of the Reimagine SamTrans project, which aims to address efficiency and equity issues throughout the SamTrans system. Removal of this stop would be an injustice to one of San Mateo’s most vulnerable groups, who face serious barriers to transportation mobility and who depend on the route for access to healthcare, economic and social opportunities.
SamTrans has dubbed this a “low ridership” route, but these data don’t tell the full story. Because they live in a congregate setting, residents selflessly — nay, heroically — abstained from riding for more than a year. The bus is now more essential than ever as residents recover from the impacts of the pandemic, and we expect that ridership will continue to increase.
SamTrans has an opportunity to continue to support Cordilleras as residents reconnect with their communities. If SamTrans truly cares about equity, it will continue serving Cordilleras residents.
As community members, you can help support this initiative by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 800-660-4287, or attending the next SamTrans Board Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The meeting will be 2 p.m. in the Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium at 1250 San Carlos Ave.
Thank you for your support.
On behalf of the Cordilleras Mental Health Center staff and residents