METRO News Bulletins

 Quarterly Service Changes

Winter Service (Dec 22, 2022 - Mar 15, 2023)

Winter Service Changes starting December 22nd

Highlighted Service Changes:

Routes 69A and 91X have been suspended for the Winter schedule. Routes 69W and 71 continue to provide service between Watsonville, Cabrillo College, and Santa Cruz. Route 69W will have a slightly modified route in order to serve Watsonville Hospital, and will run more frequently in order to replace Route 69A. The Crestview variant of Route 71 will also have a modified route to serve Watsonville High School, Lincoln Ave and E. Lake/E. Beach. The Watsonville Circulator will also have a modified route that will include service to the Watsonville Hospital and Airport Blvd.

The Highway 17 Express will only operate as far as San Jose Diridon Station on weekdays (as it does currently on weekends). Passengers whose destination is downtown San Jose or SJSU will need to transfer to VTA bus or light rail. Three weekday trips, in both northbound and southbound directions, have been added.

All Route 35E trips will now provide service to Boulder Creek Country Club.

Route 4 will continue to serve River Street and the Harvey West area, but will operate as a loop route, rather than separate outbound and inbound trips.

Route-specific Schedule Changes between Fall and Winter schedules - Routes not specifically mentioned below will continue to operate the same schedule as Fall 2022 Service.

Route 4 – River/Harvey West

See Route Schedule: 04     See Route Map: 04

Weekdays: Route 4 will continue to serve the River Street corridor and Harvey West area, but will operate as a loop route, rather than separate outbound and inbound trips.  From Santa Cruz Metro Center, the route will operate along River Street to the Metro Admin building on Vernon Street, then proceed to Encinal Ave, Harvey West Blvd, and Coral St before returning to the Metro Center. Service to Emeline Ave and Grant Street will continue to be served by Route 35E from 7:00am – 5:00pm.

Route 10 – UCSC via Main Gate - High

See Route Schedule: 10     See Route Map: 10

Weekdays: One School Term “ST” trip will operate according to the UCSC School Term calendar.

Route 15 – UCSC via West Gate - Laurel

See Route Schedule: 15     See Route Map: 15

Weekdays: All Route 15 trips are “ST” trips that will operate according to the UCSC School Term calendar.

Route 18 – UCSC via Main Gate - Mission

See Route Schedule: 18     See Route Map: 18

Weekdays: Most trips will depart five minutes earlier, at :20 and :50 past the hour. Some trips have been designated as School Term-only “ST” trips that will operate according to the UCSC School Term calendar.

Route 19 – UCSC via West Gate – Bay

See Route Schedule: 19     See Route Map: 19

Weekdays: Some trips have been designated as School Term-only “ST” trips that will operate according to the UCSC School Term calendar.

Route 20 – UCSC via Main Gate – Delaware/Western

See Route Schedule: 20     See Route Map: 20

Weekdays: The span of service has changed: the first trip now departs Santa Cruz Metro Center at 7:00am, and the last trip departs at 7:30pm. Departure times have been adjusted by several minutes along the route.

Route 35 – Highway 9/Scotts Valley

See Route Schedule: 35     See Route Map: 35

Weekdays: Departure times have been adjusted by several minutes along the route.

Route 35E – Highway 9/Scotts Valley/Emeline

See Route Schedule: 35E     See Route Map: 35E

Weekdays: All trips will operate as far as Boulder Creek Country Club, instead of terminating at Hwy 9 and Hwy 236 in Boulder Creek. Departure times have been adjusted by several minutes along the route.

Route 69A – Capitola/Airport

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

Weekdays/Weekends: This route has been suspended. Additional trips have been added to Route 69W, and the route has been modified to include service to Watsonville Hospital. Service to Watsonville High School and Lincoln Ave. has been added to Route 71.

Route 69W – Capitola/Cabrillo/Watsonville Hospital

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

Weekdays/Weekends: Additional trips for Route 69W will replace trips of Route 69A, which has been suspended. The route has also been modified: in Watsonville, between Highway 1 and Green Valley Road, the route will deviate from Main Street to serve Watsonville Hospital and Rolling Hills Middle School. Departure times have been adjusted by several minutes along the route.

Route 71 - Soquel/Freedom

See Route Schedule: 71     See Route Map: 71

Weekdays/Weekends: The “Crestview” route variant has been modified. From Watsonville Transit Center, the route operates along Beach Street to Lincoln St to Freedom Blvd, then continues along Freedom Blvd to Soquel Dr. Heading to Watsonville, the route goes from Freedom Blvd to Lincoln Ave, then right on E. Lake Ave to the transit center. Departure times have been adjusted by several minutes along the route.

Route 74S – PVHS/Hospital

See Route Schedule: 74S     See Route Map: 74S

Weekdays: A third daily trip will depart Watsonville Transit Center at 5:25pm.

Route 91X – Cabrillo Express

See Route Schedule: 91X     See Route Map: 91X

Weekdays/Weekends: This route has been suspended. Additional trips have been added to Route 69W to replace 91X.

Watsonville Circulator

See Route Schedule: WC     See Route Map: WC

Weekdays/Weekends: The route has been modified: from Freedom Blvd, the route will turn right on Green Valley; left on Airport Blvd (Freedom Centre will be served on the opposite side of Airport Blvd, at Stop #2407); then it continues on Airport Blvd to Hangar Way and Nielson St to serve the Hospital; then returns to Airport Blvd; right on Loma Prieta Ave; right on Green Valley Road; left on Main St toward Watsonville Transit Center.

Highway 17 Express

See Route Schedule: 17     See Route Map: 17

Weekdays: Service to downtown San Jose and SJSU has been suspended - all trips will begin or end at San Jose Diridon. Three trips in each direction have been added, for a total of 18 northbound and 18 southbound. Certain trips will no longer serve Scotts Valley, while other trips have added service to Scotts Valley. Departure times throughout the day have changed.

Weekends: Departure and arrival times at both Santa Cruz Metro Center and San Jose Diridon Station have changed for many trips. Certain trips will no longer serve Scotts Valley, while other trips have added service to Scotts Valley.

General Announcements General Announcements

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Public Hearings Public Hearings

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