SamTrans is in the last phase of its public outreach to hear from riders about its upcoming redesigned bus system serving the Coastside and San Mateo County.

The agency’s “Reimagine SamTrans” project is nearing the completion of a three-year process and is expected to launch its new routes in the summer of 2022. On Saturday, SamTrans released its “recommended network” that will be voted on by the board this winter and announced a new network is open for public feedback from Oct. 7 to Nov. 8.

Last spring, SamTrans detailed its three options to expand service on the Peninsula. The first of the alternatives involved increasing the frequency and number of direct routes. The second option was to expand connections to rail stations. The third kept the current frequency but added an on-demand service where riders can call or use an application to request a ride within the designated zone — which extends from just south of Half Moon Bay north to Pillar Point Harbor.

A SamTrans survey found that the plurality (37 percent) of respondents said their first choice was to expand connections to rail stations, just edging out the option to increase the frequency and number of direct routes (34 percent). Twenty-nine percent of respondents said the on-demand rides were their first preference.

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August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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