By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets

Flying is a miracle, one that would have stunned our ancestors into an awed silence. The logistics of getting to the airport however leave something to be desired, and with SFO located next to the ever-congested Highway 101, many travelers who depart and arrive there are hungry for another option. Enter SamTrans Route SFO, a new direct service from the Millbrae Transit Center and all terminals of the Bay Area’s premiere airport.

IMG_2999Route SFO will run every half hour from 5:45 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, 8:20 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Sundays. The route is designed to provide an easy connection from Caltrain to SFO, as the bus comes directly to the Millbrae Station platform. The buses running this route have a special wrap and a luggage rack for rider’s convenience. Route SFO operates for the same price as all SamTrans buses ($2.25 for adults, $1.10 for kids, seniors and the disabled), but will be free until July 7.

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IMG_4112.jpg“We are excited for the launch of Route SFO,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero in a press statement. “By providing a seamless link with Caltrain service, SamTrans have made getting from Silicon Valley to SFO easier than ever before. We thank SamTrans for providing this terrific new option to our customers.”

The new bus was debuted at the San Mateo County Transit District’s National Dump the Pump Day event, where it was the star of the show. After touring the new bus, a handful of Chicagans who had just arrived in the Bay made plans to ride back on it this Sunday. They’ll be the first of many travelers to take advantage of this exciting new service.

IMG_4107.jpgSo the next time you’re planning on flying off to sunny beaches somewhere, or when family is coming in at rush hour, remember that Route SFO is there to take care of some of the hassle around this everyday miracle.

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