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San Mateo County Transit District
934 Brewster Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063
The San Mateo County Transit District (SMCTD) administers the principal public transit and transportation programs inMore San Mateo County: SamTrans bus service, including Redi-Wheels paratransit service, Caltrain commuter rail and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The latter two have contracted with the District to serve as its managing agency, under the direction of its board of directors.
Redwood City SamTrans
1 James Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

The main bus station in Redwood City is on the west side of the Redwood City Caltrain station at Sequoia station inMore Redwood City. There are six bus shelters here and paid parking for SamTrans and Caltrain riders. Eight local and multi-city bus routes stop here.

  • Route 270 (serves Redwood City Caltrain Station, Kaiser Hospital, Seaport Village, Harbor Village, Marsh Road (Menlo Park)
  • Route 271 (serves Westwood Terrace, Roosevelt, Downtown Redwood City, County Government Center, Redwood City Caltrain Station, Woodside Plaza)
  • Route 274 (serves Cañada College, Redwood City Caltrain Station)
  • Route 295 (serves Downtown San Mateo, Hillsdale Shopping Center, Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, Menlo Park)
  • Route 296 (serves Redwood City, Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto)
  • Route 297 (serves Redwood City, Palo Alto)
  • Route 391 (serves San Francisco (limited), Daly City, Colma BART, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City)
  • Route 397 (serves San Francisco, South San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport, Burlingame, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Palo Alto)

There are 4 other routes that service Redwood City but do not stop at Redwood City Caltrain.

  • Route 72 (serves Redwood City, Woodside Plaza, Fair Oaks, Marsh Manor, Atherton)
  • Route 73 (serves Redwood City and San Carlos)
  • Route 390 (serves Daly City BART, Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto)
  • Route KX (express and local service to Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, SFO and San Francisco)

SamTrans  provides local bus service in San Mateo County. Some routes extend beyond the borders as far south as Palo Alto Caltrains and as far north as San Francisco Mission Street. 

SamTrans provides a full system map and schedules online and in paper format on the buses and at locations where you can purchase tokens and passes.  However, these schedules do not include most stops. They ONLY include the "timed stops". To find bus stop nearest to the address of interest you can either call SamTrans (1-800-660-4287) or use 511.org trip planner and select the tab Nearby Stops and Routes to enter in your address and find the closest bus stops. You can also use also use 511.org trip planner to plan your full trip across multiple transport agencies. 

A few pointers to decipher the bus route numbers and colors that service Redwood City are:

  • The 100 (blue) routes service BART
  • The 200 (red) routes service Caltrain
  • The 300 (green) routes service Caltrain and BART
  • The x7x routes service Redwood City (72, 73, 270, 271, 274)
  • The x9x routes are multi-city routes 
  • The KX  (black) route is considered an express route from Palo Alto Caltrain to San Francisco Mission Street. However, it is also provides local service on most of it's route. 

Buses can be boarded at clearly marked points along the routes. At a minimum these boarding points will include a SamTrans sign that lists bus routes for this location. Some locations have a SamTrans bench and others have one or multiple bus shelters. At locations with multiple bus shelters (such as Sequoia Station) make sure that you locate the one with your desired route in the correct direction. If is a bus is late or you do not have a schedule you can call (1-800- 660-4287) to get "live" information on a bus ETA from 7am - 7pm M-F and 8am - 5pm weekends and holidays.

All buses are clearly marked above the front windshield with the route number, however, if you are ever in doubt when boarding a bus make sure you ask the driver before paying. 

There are multiple ways to pay for your bus fare including cash, tokens, monthly bus pass and Clipper Card. There are discounts for Youth, Seniors, Disabled and Medicare cardholders. Please be aware that if you are paying cash that you need to have exact change (which is currently two dollars for Adults). The machine will accept larger bills but neither the machine or the driver will provide change. 

There are multiple different types of bus passes offered including Local, Local/SF and EXP (KX route). With the Local/SF and the EXP you can also purchase the Muni sticker (for local SF rides on Muni). 

If you travel on Caltrain and also use SamTrans and/or VTA please be aware that a two zone (or higher) monthly train pass is accepted on SamTrans and VTA. 

Clipper Card just started being accepted on SamTrans in December 2010. The biggest advantages of using the Clipper Card is that it reduces the number of cards you need for multi-agency travel, you can manage it online and if lost you can replace it. 

Bicycles are also accepted on SamTrans buses (please refer to the pictures to see how bikes are loaded on the front of the bus). You need to load your bike on the front of the bus before boarding. Also make sure to remind the driver that you will be unloading your bike before disembarking the bus. 

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