METRO News Bulletins

 General Announcements

Santa Cruz County Fair Sept. 15-19

See Route Schedule: 79     See Route Map: 79

Effective: Sep 15 - Sep 19 2021

Ride METRO to the Santa Cruz County Fair at the Watsonville Fairgrounds (September 15-19)

Round trips of a special “Route 79 County Fair” route will depart on the hour:

From Watsonville Transit Center (WTC) at :00, depart the Fairgrounds at :25, and arrive back at WTC at :45.

Fair Service Hours:

Wednesday-Friday: 12pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10am-10pm.

The route to the fair runs from WTC to West Lake, Rodriguez, West Beach, Lincoln, Hushbeck, East Lake, and College to the County Fairgrounds.

The return trips will run from the County Fairgrounds, to East Lake, Hushbeck, East Beach, Lincoln, East Lake, and Rodriguez to WTC.

The Paracruz service area will be extended to cover service to the Fair.

METRO will operate a booth at the fair in the First Responders section.

We will be offering giveaways to fair goers who visit our booth. We look forward to seeing you there!

 Quarterly Service Changes

Fall Service (Sep 16, 2021 - Dec 8, 2021)

Fall Service starting September 16

Major Service changes:

A new route, the Watsonville Circulator, will run one clockwise loop hourly from 12:01pm to 7:01pm, and a counter-clockwise loop hourly from 12:43pm to 7:45pm. The clockwise route runs from Watsonville Transit Center to Main St, Green Valley Road, Freedom Centre, Freedom Blvd, Lincoln St, and E. Lake. The other direction runs the opposite direction along the same route, except it uses E. Beach St instead of E. Lake St.

All UCSC routes have changes for the Fall schedule. With the return of in-person classes at UCSC, Routes 15 and 22, suspended since Spring 2020, will return. Route 22 will again operate from the Seymour Center at the Coastal Science Campus to the UCSC main campus, but will follow a new route: Delaware Blvd, Almar Ave, Mission St, and Bay Dr (Upper Bay). Although Routes 15 and 22 are typically School Term only, or “ST” service, for this Fall, there is no UCSC “ST” service calendar. All UCSC routes will operate throughout the Fall schedule, except for METRO holidays.

On Route 35, the last two trips of the evening will run via Glen Arbor Road instead of Hwy 9/Highlands Park.

Route 55 will return to its previous schedule of three weekend trips.

Routes 35, 42, 69A, 69W, and 71 have minor adjustments of a few minutes to the trip start time or departure times at intermediate timepoints, or both.

Route-specific Schedule Changes between Summer and Fall schedules - Routes not specifically mentioned below will continue to operate the same schedule as Summer 2021 Service.

Route 10 – UCSC via Main Gate - High

See Route Schedule: 10     See Route Map: 10

Weekdays/Weekends: Beach/Boardwalk service has been discontinued; the route will operate only between Santa Cruz Metro Center and UCSC. The Cedar & Walnut stop (Stop ID 2304) is no longer a timepoint, but remains as a regular stop.

Weekdays: Service will operate every 60 minutes from 7:10am – 5:10pm, then at 6:45pm and 8:35pm.

Weekends: Service will operate every 60 minutes from 10:15am – 5:15pm.

Route 15 – UCSC via West Gate - Laurel

See Route Schedule: 15     See Route Map: 15

Weekdays: Service will operate every 30 minutes from 7:15am – 9:15pm, plus one supplemental trip at 8:33pm.

Route 18 – UCSC via Main Gate - Mission

See Route Schedule: 18     See Route Map: 18

Weekdays: Service will operate every 30 minutes from 6:25am – 12:25am, plus two supplemental trips, at 4:40pm and 6:40pm.

Weekends: Service will operate every 60 minutes from 8:25am – 9:25am, every 30 minutes from 10:25am – 7:25pm, and every 60 minutes from 8:25pm – 11:25pm.

Route 19 – UCSC via West Gate – Bay

See Route Schedule: 19     See Route Map: 19

Weekdays: Service will operate every 30 minutes from 6:35am – 12:05am.

Weekends: Service will operate every 60 minutes from 8:05am – 10:05pm.

Route 20 – UCSC via Main Gate – Delaware/Western

See Route Schedule: 20     See Route Map: 20

Weekdays: Service will operate every 60 minutes from 7:40am – 8:40pm. The 9:40am and 11:40am trips will stop at the Seymour Center (Coastal Science Campus) returning from UCSC main campus to Santa Cruz Metro Center. The 5:40pm and 6:40pm trips will stop at the Seymour Center heading from Santa Cruz Metro Center to UCSC main campus.

Weekends: Service will operate every 60 minutes from 10:40am – 7:40pm. The 10:40am and 11:40am trips will stop at the Seymour Center heading from Santa Cruz Metro Center to UCSC main campus. The 12:40pm and 1:40pm trips will stop at the Seymour Center heading from UCSC main campus to Santa Cruz Metro Center.

Route 22 – UCSC via Main Gate – Almar/Bay

See Route Schedule: 22     See Route Map: 22

Weekdays: Service has resumed, but the route has changed. It will operate from the Seymour Center at the Coastal Science Campus to the UCSC main campus, but will follow a new route: Delaware Blvd, Almar Ave, Mission St, and Bay Dr (Upper Bay). Service will depart from the Seymour Center every 60 minutes from 7:03am – 5:03pm. The last trip will depart the Seymour Center at 5:55pm and end at Bay & Mission (McDonald’s).

Route 35 – Highway 9/Scotts Valley

See Route Schedule: 35     See Route Map: 35

Weekdays/Weekends: The last two trips of the evening will run via Glen Arbor Road instead of Hwy 9/Highlands Park. The departure times at numerous timepoints have been adjusted by several minutes.

Route 40 – Highway 1 to Davenport

See Route Schedule: 40     See Route Map: 40

Weekdays: The Mission & Bellevue stop (Stop ID 1621) has been discontinued.

Route 42 – Davenport/Bonny Doon

See Route Schedule: 42     See Route Map: 42

Weekdays: Will depart from Santa Cruz Metro Center 5 minutes later, at 12:35pm, 3:35pm, 5:35pm, 8:35pm.

Route 55 – Cabrillo – Rio Del Mar

See Route Schedule: 55     See Route Map: 55

Weekends: Will operate three trips, at 8:30am, 12:30pm, and 5:30pm. All three trips will serve Via Pacifica.

Route 69A – Capitola/Airport

See Route Schedule: 69A     See Route Map: 69A

Weekdays/Weekends: The departure times at numerous timepoints have been adjusted by several minutes.

Route 69W – Capitola/Cabrillo

See Route Schedule: 69W     See Route Map: 69W

Weekdays/Weekends: The departure times at numerous timepoints have been adjusted by several minutes.

Route 71 – Soquel/Freedom

See Route Schedule: 71     See Route Map: 71

Weekdays/Weekends: The departure times at numerous timepoints have been adjusted by several minutes. The 11:35pm departure from the Boardwalk (stop: Cliff & Beach, ID 1318) has been discontinued until next summer.

Weekends: The first Watsonville trip will continue to depart from Freedom Centre (Stop ID 1006) at 5:58am to Watsonville Transit Center, but will now arrive at 6:07am, five minutes earlier. That bus will depart Watsonville Transit Center at 6:12am to Santa Cruz Metro Center. In the schedule, this trip appears in the Santa Cruz to Watsonville direction, but passengers are permitted to stay on the bus from Watsonville to Santa Cruz.

Route 91X – Cabrillo Express

Weekdays: The last departure from Watsonville Transit Center will be five minutes later, at 4:39pm.

WC – Watsonville Circulator

See Route Schedule: WC     See Route Map: WC

Weekdays/Weekends: This new route will operate a clockwise loop and a counter-clockwise loop from Watsonville Transit Center, serving Main St, Green Valley Rd, Freedom Centre, Freedom Blvd, and Lincoln St.

Weekdays: Clockwise loop trips depart from Lane 1 of Watsonville Transit Center hourly from 12:01pm – 7:01pm. Counter-clockwise loop trips depart from Lane 2 of Watsonville Transit Center hourly from 12:43pm – 7:45pm.

Weekends: Clockwise loop trips depart from Lane 1 of Watsonville Transit Center hourly from 12:01pm – 7:05pm. Counter-clockwise loop trips depart from Lane 2 of Watsonville Transit Center hourly from 12:41pm – 7:43pm.

Public Hearings Public Hearings

None at this time.