METRO News Bulletins

 Quarterly Service Changes

Winter Service (Dec 9, 2021 - Mar 16, 2022)

Winter Service starting December 9

Major Service changes:

Weekday Highway 17 Express service will be extended beyond San Jose Diridon Station to serve downtown San Jose and San Jose State University. Northbound trips to San Jose will end at E. Santa Clara St & S. 6th St. Southbound trips to Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz will begin adjacent to the SJSU campus at E. San Fernando St & S. 7th St.

UCSC will have School Term service for the Winter 2021-22 schedule. School Term, or “ST” service, follows the UCSC School Term Calendar as shown in Headways or on scmtd.com. Routes 15 and 22 are entirely School Term only. Routes 10, 18, and 19 have School Term only supplemental trips, denoted by “ST” in the schedule.

Route 71 will serve the Union & Beach stop (Stop 2751) on several evening trips to accommodate Cabrillo College Watsonville Center students.

Due to a shortage of bus operators, a small number of trips have been discontinued. See details below for Routes 19, 55, 91X, and Highway 17 Express.

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

Highway 17 Express

See Route Schedule: 17     See Route Map: 17

Weekdays/Weekends: Departure and arrival times have been adjusted to match new schedules for transit connections at San Jose Diridon Station.

Weekdays: Service will be extended beyond San Jose Diridon Station to serve downtown San Jose and San Jose State University. The first northbound and southbound trips of the day have been discontinued: 5:00am from Santa Cruz Metro Center and 6:15am from San Jose Diridon Station.

Route 19 – UCSC via West Gate – Bay

See Route Schedule: 19     See Route Map: 19

Weekdays: The 12:05am trip has been discontinued.

Route 35 – Highway 9/Scotts Valley

See Route Schedule: 35     See Route Map: 35

Weekdays/Weekends: Arrival and departure times have been adjusted by a few minutes along the route, and particularly at the ends of the route - Mtn Store and Country Club. Scotts Valley Dr & Quien Sabe Rd (Stop 1732) and Scotts Valley Dr - Car Wash (Stop 2644) stops have been discontinued.

Weekdays: School Term “ST” departure and arrival times have been adjusted to new bell times. The “ST” trip previously departing Mtn. Store at 6:55am toward Sylvan Ave will depart from Hwy 9 & Middleton Ave (Stop 2515; Hwy 9 and Hwy 236 Boulder Creek timepoint “I” on the schedule) at 6:55am to serve stops from Hwy 9 & Middleton Ave to Sylvan Ave in both the uphill and downhill directions.

Route 41 – Empire Grade - Bonny Doon

See Route Schedule: 41     See Route Map: 41

Weekdays: The 8:00am departure will change to 6:50am.

Route 55 – Cabrillo – Rio Del Mar

See Route Schedule: 55     See Route Map: 55

Weekdays: Trips will run every 75 minutes from 8:30am- 5:30pm, with same 3 trips still serving Via Pacifica (8:30am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm).

Route 68 – Broadway/Portola

See Route Schedule: 68     See Route Map: 68

Weekdays: The 7:15pm trip from Santa Cruz Metro Center will depart 15 minutes later, at 7:30pm. The 6:30pm departure from Capitola Mall will depart 15 minutes later, at 6:45pm.

Route 69A – Capitola/Airport

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

Weekdays/Weekends: Departure and arrival times have been adjusted by a few minutes all along the route.

Route 69W – Capitola/Cabrillo

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

Weekdays/Weekends: Departure and arrival times have been adjusted by a few minutes all along the route.

Weekdays: The last trip from Santa Cruz Metro Center will depart 10 minutes later, at 8:47pm, and depart Capitola Mall at 9:00pm.

Route 71 – Soquel/Freedom

See Route Schedule: 71     See Route Map: 71

Weekdays/Weekends: The Freedom Blvd & Soquel Dr stops (Stops 1425 & 1426) will no longer be timepoints, but will remain as regular stops. The Freedom Blvd (Aptos High School) stops (Stops 1427 & 1428) will become the new timepoints. Soquel Ave & Hagemann Ave (Stop 1797) will no longer be a timepoint, but will remain as a regular stop. Departure and arrival times have been adjusted by a few minutes all along the route.

Weekends: To serve the Cabrillo College Watsonville Center, 5 evening trips departing Santa Cruz Metro Center to Watsonville Transit Center will provide service to the Union & Beach stop (Stop 2751) at 7:43pm, 8:08pm, 8:43pm, 9:08pm, and 9:43pm.

Route 91X – Cabrillo Express

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

Weekdays: The 6:55am, 9:25am, and 1:25pm trips from Santa Cruz Metro Center have been discontinued. The 7:23am, 10:24am, and 2:24pm trips from Watsonville Transit Center have been discontinued.

WC – Watsonville Area Circulator

See Route Schedule: WC     See Route Map: WC

Weekdays/Weekends: Clockwise loop trips will now depart Watsonville Transit Center Lane 1 hourly at :14 past the hour, from 12:14pm – 7:14pm. Counter-clockwise loop trips will now depart Watsonville Transit Center Lane 2 hourly at :44 past the hour from 12:44pm – 7:44pm.

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 40 – Highway 1 - Davenport

See Route Schedule: 40     See Route Map: 40

Weekdays: The 8:10am departure will change to 7:40am.

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.

General Announcements General Announcements

None at this time.

Public Hearings Public Hearings

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