METRO News Bulletins

 Quarterly Service Changes

Fall Service (Sep 15, 2022 - Dec 7, 2022)

79F - County Fair

See Route Schedule: 79F     See Route Map: 79F

METRO announces free fares on both fixed-route and ParaCruz services to the Santa Cruz County Fair September 14 – 18th at the Watsonville Fairgrounds.


To provide additional service to Santa Cruz County Fair attendees, METRO has created a special route, Route 79F, thatwill provide daily service to the Watsonville Fairgrounds. Additionally, METRO will once again extend the Route 79 weekend service and daily ParaCruz service to the fairgrounds in Watsonville. Fixed-Route customers can utilize Routes 79F and 79 to get to the Fairgrounds during this time, but only the 79F will offer free service to the fairgrounds on September 14th.

Fall Service Starting September 15

Highlighted Service Changes:

Route 22 has also been suspended. Route 20 will serve the UCSC Coastal Science Campus and Seymour Center on all weekday trips; the weekend Route 20 schedule continues to serve the Seymour Center only on select trips. For the Fall schedule, Route 15 will operate all weekdays (except for METRO holidays) – not just the School Term calendar. Similarly, the former supplemental School Term (“ST”) trips on UCSC Routes 10, 18, 19, will become regular trips that will operate full-time.

The Watsonville Circulator will run in only the counter- clockwise direction: from Watsonville Transit Center to Freedom Blvd, Freedom Centre, Green Valley Road, then Main Street. The Circulator that ran in the clockwise direction, starting from Watsonville Transit Center to Main Street, has been temporarily suspended.

Route 4 will now serve only the River Street corridor and Harvey West loop. Emeline Ave and Grant Street will be served by Route 35E from 7:00am – 5:00pm.

Route 35E will end at Boulder Creek between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Service between Boulder Creek and Country Club will be available on two Route 35 or 35E trips before 8:00am, six trips in the evening, and all day on weekends.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park service is suspended until next year.

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

Highway 17 Express

See Route Schedule: 17     See Route Map: 17

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

Weekends: The summer extension to Pacific & Viaduct (Wharf) has been suspended.

Route 4 – River/Harvey West

See Route Schedule: 04     See Route Map: 04

Weekdays: Trips will operate only between Santa Cruz Metro Center and the Metro Admin Offices on Vernon Street, serving the River Street corridor and Harvey West area. Grant St and the Emeline Complex will be served by Route 35E.

Route 10 – UCSC via Main Gate - High

See Route Schedule: 10     See Route Map: 10

Weekdays: The 8:35pm “ST” trip from Spring will run as a regular trip – not limited to the School Term calendar.

Route 15 – UCSC via West Gate - Laurel

See Route Schedule: 15     See Route Map: 15

Weekdays: The service will operate all weekdays (except for METRO holidays) – not limited to the School Term calendar.

Route 18 – UCSC via Main Gate - Mission

See Route Schedule: 18     See Route Map: 18

Weekdays/Weekends: “ST” trips from Spring will run as regular trips – not limited to the School Term calendar. The Mission & Palm (Palm Center) stop (Stop ID 1623) will no longer be a timepoint, but will remain as a regular stop. Mission & Miramar Dr (Almar Shopping Ctr) (Stop ID 1619) will become the new timepoint. Departure times have been adjusted by several minutes along the route.

Route 19 – UCSC via West Gate – Bay

See Route Schedule: 19     See Route Map: 19

Weekdays/Weekends: “ST” trips from Spring will run as regular trips – not limited to the School Term calendar.

Route 20 – UCSC via Main Gate – Delaware/Western

See Route Schedule: 20     See Route Map: 20

Weekdays: Trips will run every 80 minutes (instead of every 60 minutes) from 7:25am – 8:45pm, for a total of 11 trips. All trips will stop at the Seymour Center (Coastal Science Campus) – from Santa Cruz Metro Center toward UCSC main campus, and returning from UCSC main campus to downtown/Santa Cruz Metro Center.

Weekends: Select trips will serve the Seymour Center (Coastal Science Campus) either heading toward UCSC main campus, or heading to downtown and the Metro Center.

Route 22 – UCSC via Main Gate – Almar/Bay

Weekdays: Service has been suspended. Route 20 provides service from UCSC main campus to the Coastal Science Campus and the Seymour Center.

Route 35 – Highway 9/Scotts Valley

See Route Schedule: 35     See Route Map: 35

Weekdays: The departure times at numerous timepoints have been adjusted by several minutes. The 3:00pm “ST” trip from SLV HS to Bear Creek Rd & Deerwood Dr, Mtn Store and Sylvan Ave has been moved to 2:55pm. The 2:55pm “ST” trip to Mtn Store and Sylvan Ave (but not Bear Creek Rd & Deerwood Dr) has been suspended.

Weekends: Trips to Big Basin Redwoods State Park have been suspended until next year; Country Club will be the end of the route.

Route 35E – Highway 9/Scotts Valley/Emeline

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

Weekdays: From 9:00am – 4:00pm, trips departing Santa Cruz Metro Center on the hour will operate as Route 35E and serve Grant St and the Emeline Complex before entering Highway 17 toward Scotts Valley. Those trips will end at Big Basin Way & Hwy 9 (Stop ID 1236) in Boulder Creek; there will be no service to Pasatiempo or between Boulder Creek and Country Club on those trips. Route 35E trips toward Santa Cruz from 9:59am to 5:06pm will begin at Hwy 9 & Lomond (Stop ID 1561) in Boulder Creek and serve Pasatiempo, the Emeline Complex and Grant St before returning to the regular 35 route on Ocean St.

Three trips from Metro Center, at 7:00am, 8:00am, and 5:00pm, will serve both Emeline Complex and Country Club. Three trips from Country Club, at 7:02am, 7:59am, and 9:02am, will also serve Emeline. Trips starting from Metro Center or Country Club at 6:00pm or later will serve Country Club, but will not serve Emeline. The departure times at numerous timepoints have been adjusted by several minutes.

Route 40 – Davenport

See Route Schedule: 40     See Route Map: 40

Weekdays: The 8:10am trip from Santa Cruz Metro Center will depart ten minutes earlier at 8:00am. The 8:28am trip from Pacific School will also depart ten minutes earlier at 8:18am.

Route 42 – Davenport/Bonny Doon

See Route Schedule: 42     See Route Map: 42

Weekdays: The 3:40pm timepoint at Santa Cruz High School will be five minutes later, at 3:45pm.

Route 71 – Green Valley - Hospital

See Route Schedule: 71     See Route Map: 71

Weekdays/Weekends: The 11:35pm departure from the Boardwalk (stop: Cliff & Beach, ID 1318) has been discontinued until next summer.

Route 72 – Green Valley - Hospital

See Route Schedule: 72     See Route Map: 72

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

Route 72W – Green Valley - Corralitos

See Route Schedule: 72W     See Route Map: 72W

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

Route 74S – PVHS/Hospital

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

Weekdays: The two trips will depart Watsonville Transit Center 30 minutes later, at 7:30am and 3:35pm. Departure times have been adjusted by several minutes along the route.

Route 75 – Green Valley

See Route Schedule: 75     See Route Map: 75

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

Route 79 – East Lake/Crestview

See Route Schedule: 79     See Route Map: 79

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

Watsonville Circulator

See Route Schedule: WC     See Route Map: WC

Weekdays/Weekends: Clockwise direction trips have been temporarily suspended. Only the counter-clockwise trips will operate: Watsonville Transit Center – Freedom Blvd – Freedom Centre – Green Valley – Main St – Watsonville Transit Center. Departure times have been adjusted by several minutes along the route.

General Announcements General Announcements

None at this time.

Public Hearings Public Hearings

None at this time.