Audio recordings of the SamTrans, Caltrain and San Mateo County Transportation Authority’s monthly board meetings are now available online.
The three transportation agencies, which are collectively managed by the San Mateo County Transit District, are now providing audio recordings of their respective board meetings for the 2015 calendar year.
The Transit District has opted to make the audio recordings available as part of a measure to increase transparency and improve access to information. The Transit District is currently working on a plan to video stream the board meetings. That initiative is expected to be implemented next year.
The SamTrans Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Transit District’s headquarters in San Carlos. Caltrain and the TA Board of Directors meet on the first Thursday of each month at the same location.
About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 76 fixed-route buses, paratransit services, and shuttle services throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.
About the TA: Created to administer Measure A, San Mateo County’s half-cent sales tax, the Transportation Authority provides funding for transportation and infrastructure improvement projects. In 2004, more than 75 percent of San Mateo County residents voted to reauthorize Measure A for an additional 25 years.