SamTrans to offer free bus rides to COVID vaccination sites

SAN MATEO COUNTY – The San Mateo County Transit District on Thursday will begin offering free bus rides on existing lines to COVID-19 vaccination sites for people who live or work in the county.

Passengers going to a vaccination site must let the bus operator know as soon as they board and show proof of a vaccination appointment or a vaccination card, the agency said in a news release Tuesday.

Redi-Wheels and Redi-Coast paratransit services will also offer eligible participants free rides to and from vaccination sites. Riders, the agency said, need to indicate while booking their reservation that the trip is for the purpose of a COVID-19 vaccination.

“As a public agency, it is important to provide our communities with transit-friendly options to vaccination sites that will help ensure equitable access in San Mateo County, especially for vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic,” said SamTrans Board of Directors Chairman Charles Stone in a statement.

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