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 General Announcements

METRO Spring Schedule Service Alert

See Route Schedule: 55 78

Effective: Mar 15 - Jun 19 2024

Please note the below route changes:

Route 78: Currently not serving Westridge Drive. Westridge Drive service will begin when the South County Government Service Building opens May 1st.

Route 55: Due to the closure of the Capitola Avenue crossing, Route 55 will detour via Bay, Porter and Soquel Avenue until summer 2025.

 Quarterly Service Changes

Summer Service (Jun 20, 2024 - Sep 11, 2024)

Summer Service starting June 20, 2024

Highlighted Service Changes:


River Front Transit Center

Several routes will depart from and/or arrive at a different location at River Front Transit Center. Highway 17 Express will depart and arrive at a new Area 4 on Front St north of Area 3; Area 4 is located in front of the Front St entrance to Trader Joe’s (this entrance to Trader Joe’s is closed). Routes 1, 3A, and 3B will have new departure and/or arrival locations at RFTC. New Route 11 will follow other UCSC routes, departing from Area 1 and arriving at Area 3.


Reimagine METRO – Phase 2


Route 1: 15 Minute Frequency and Return of Service to Soquel Ave

Route 1 will run every 15 minutes on weekdays from 5:30am to 9:15pm from Watsonville to Santa Cruz, and from 6:00am to 9:00pm from Santa Cruz to Watsonville. The route will serve Soquel Ave (instead of Water St) between River Front Transit Center and Morrissey Blvd, bringing back service to that commercial corridor. To provide faster trips, some stops will be discontinued where there are multiple stops close together.


All Day Weekday and Weekend 90X Express Service Between Watsonville and Santa Cruz

Route 90X Express service will be added to the mid-day and weekends; it will now run every 30 minutes from approximately 6am to 6pm on weekdays, and hourly on weekends.


Highway 17 Express – More Service, Including More Direct Santa Cruz – San Jose Trips

Trips have been added both on weekdays and weekends, resulting in trips around every 30 minutes during peak times. More trips go direct Santa Cruz – San Jose, providing faster trip options. Service later into the evening will allow for longer stays in Santa Cruz or the San Francisco Bay Area.


New Route 11 Replaces Route 3 UCSC Service

Due to frequent delays around UCSC, Route 3 Live Oak/Capitola Mall service has been separated from the UCSC service. Route 11 will replace the former Route 3 service along High St; it will run every 30 minutes and enter UCSC at the West Gate.


New Route 4W Provides Weekend Service to Costco, Harvey West Park, and Pogonip (from Harvey West Trail)

Route 4W will serve River St and the Harvey West loop, but will not serve Emeline.


School Term (“ST”) Service:


San Lorenzo Valley School District

Weekdays: The school term “ST” trips which have operated only when school is in session will now operate all weekdays other than METRO holidays. The afternoon trips which formerly departed from SLV HS will now start first at Scotts Valley Transit Center.

 



Route-specific Schedule Changes between Spring and Summer schedules - Routes not specifically mentioned below will continue to operate the same schedule as Spring 2024 Service. Riders are advised to review all of the route changes below, and then view the new schedules and maps to see the changes in detail.

Route 1 – Soquel/Cabrillo/Airport

See Route Schedule: 1

ROUTE CHANGE MORE FREQUENT SERVICE

Weekdays/Weekends: The route will serve Soquel Ave (instead of Water St) between River Front Transit Center and Morrissey Blvd, bringing back service to that commercial corridor. Route 1 will now depart River Front Transit Center from Area 1. Trips from Watsonville will start from WTC Lane 1 and arrive at River Front Area 2. To provide faster trips, some stops will be discontinued where there are multiple stops close together.


Weekdays: Will run every 15 minutes from 5:30am to 9:15pm from Watsonville to Santa Cruz, and from 6:00am to 9:00pm from Santa Cruz to Watsonville.


Weekends: Will run every 15 minutes from 6:00am to 8:45pm from Watsonville to Santa Cruz, and from 7:00am to 9:00pm from Santa Cruz to Watsonville.

Route 2 – Capitola/Cabrillo/Main

See Route Schedule: 2

ADDITIONAL EVENING SERVICE


Weekdays: Trip departure times have been adjusted: from Santa Cruz and from Watsonville, trips will depart at :25 and :55 past the hour. Two late evening trips have been added from Watsonville to Santa Cruz.

Weekends: Trip departure times have been adjusted: from Santa Cruz and from Watsonville, trips will depart at :25 and :55 past the hour, with a few exceptions in the early morning and late evening.

Route 3A –Capitola Mall/Live Oak via East Cliff

See Route Schedule: 3A

ROUTE CHANGE


Weekdays/Weekends: Route 3A will no longer serve UCSC. Route 11 will serve High St to UCSC. Returning to Capitola Mall, the route will continue on 38th Ave to Capitola Road instead of turning right on Brommer St to 41st Ave. Departure and arrival times have been adjusted along the route.

Route 3B –Capitola Mall/Live Oak via 17th/Brommer

See Route Schedule: 3B

ROUTE CHANGE


Weekdays/Weekends: Route 3B will no longer serve UCSC. Route 11 will serve High St to UCSC. Returning to Capitola Mall, the route will continue on 38th Ave to Capitola Road instead of turning right on Brommer St to 41st Ave. Departure and arrival times have been adjusted along the route.

Route 4 – River/Harvey West/Emeline

See Route Schedule: 4

ROUTE CHANGE


Weekdays: The route will no longer loop around the Harvey West area twice per trip. The first three morning trips will serve River St to Metro Admin, then the Harvey West loop, then Emeline, and return to River Front Transit Center via Hwy 1 and River St. The remainder of the day, the route will go River St to Hwy 1 to Emeline, then Metro Admin, Harvey West, and return to River Front Transit Center on River St. Departure times from River Front Transit Center have changed.

Route 4W – River/Harvey West Weekend

See Route Schedule: 4W

NEW ROUTE


Weekends: Route 4W will serve River St and the Harvey West loop but will not serve Emeline.

Route 11 – River/Harvey West Weekend

See Route Schedule: 11

NEW ROUTE

 

Weekdays/Weekends: Route 11 will replace the former Route 3 service along High St; it will run every 30 minutes and enter UCSC at the West Gate. Returning from UCSC, the route will enter downtown using Mission St to Water St, to River St South and end at Area 3 with the other UCSC routes. The route will begin at Area 1 with the other UCSC routes.

Route 18 – UCSC via Main Gate – Mission

See Route Schedule: 18

Weekdays/Weekends: Departure and arrival times have been adjusted along the route.

Route 19 – UCSC via West Gate – Bay

See Route Schedule: 19

Weekdays/Weekends: Departure and arrival times have been adjusted along the route.

Route 20 – UCSC via Main Gate – Delaware

See Route Schedule: 20

Weekdays/Weekends: Departure and arrival times have been adjusted along the route.

Route 35 – Highway 9/Scotts Valley

See Route Schedule: 35

ADDITIONAL SERVICE


Weekdays: Afternoon routes serving San Lorenzo Valley schools will operate all weekdays (excluding Metro holidays) – not just when school is in session. Those trips will start at Scotts Valley Transit Center instead of SLV High School, but will continue to pull into the High School stop.

Route 40 – Highway 1 – Davenport

See Route Schedule: 40

ADDITIONAL SERVICE


Weekdays/Weekends: Trips have been added to provide direct Santa Cruz – Davenport service, replacing Route 42 service.

Route 41 – Empire Grade – Bonny Doon

See Route Schedule: 41

ADDITIONAL SERVICE


Weekdays/Weekends: Trips have been added to provide direct Santa Cruz – Bonny Doon service, replacing Route 42 service.

Route 42 – Davenport/Bonny Doon

See Route Schedule: 42

ROUTE DISCONTINUED


Weekdays/Weekends: Route 42 has been discontinued. Those trips have been replaced by additional Route 40 and Route 41 trips to provide more direct trips between Santa Cruz and Davenport, and Santa Cruz and Bonny Doon.

Route 55 – Capitola/Rio Del Mar/La Selva

See Route Schedule: 55

ROUTE CHANGE


Weekdays/Weekends: Due to the closure of the Capitola Ave Highway 1 overcrossing, the route has been changed: from Capitola Ave & Bay Ave, the route will use Bay Ave and Porter St to Soquel Dr in the Soquel village. New stops have been added on Capitola Ave near Hill St, and Porter & Walnut near Soquel Elementary.

Route 78 – Ohlone/Watsonville Hospital

See Route Schedule: 78

ROUTE CHANGE


Weekdays/Weekends: From the South County Government Service Center on Westridge Dr, the route will go right on Harkins Slough Rd, left on Ohlone Parkway, and left on Main St, then continue its normal route to Freedom Centre. Returning from Main St, the route will go right on Ohlone Parkway, right on Harkins Slough Rd, left on Westridge, then continue its normal route back to Watsonville Transit Center.

Route 90X – Watsonville – Santa Cruz Express

See Route Schedule: 90X

NEW MID-DAY AND WEEKEND SERVICE


Weekdays: Mid-day service has been added: from Watsonville to Santa Cruz, the route will now run every 30 minutes from 5:40am – 5:40pm; from Santa Cruz to Watsonville, the route will now run every 30 minutes from 6:10am – 5:40pm.

Weekends: Weekend service has been added: the route will now run hourly from 6:40am – 6:40pm in both directions.

Highway 17 Express

See Route Schedule: 17

MORE FREQUENT SERVICE, MORE DIRECT TRIPS, AND ADDITIONAL EVENING TRIPS


Weekdays: Six round trips have been added, providing service approximately every 30-45 minutes at peak hours. More direct Santa Cruz – San Jose trips have been added. Service now runs later into the evening, with the last trip departing from Santa Cruz at 10:00pm, and from San Jose at 11:10pm.

Weekends: Seven round trips have been added, providing service approximately every 30-45 minutes at peak hours. More direct Santa Cruz – San Jose trips have been added. Service now runs later into the evening, with the last trip departing from Santa Cruz at 9:43pm, and from San Jose at 11:15pm.

Spring Service (Mar 14, 2024 - Jun 19, 2024)

Spring Service starting March 14, 2024

Highlighted Service Changes:

River Front Transit Center

Santa Cruz Metro Center (Pacific Station) closed in February 2024. METRO has been operating from a temporary facility, River Front Transit Center (see page X). As a result of this move, there were route and schedule changes in downtown Santa Cruz; see the schedule and maps for Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 18, 19, 20, 35, 40, 41, 42, 90X, and Highway 17 Express. Route and schedule changes implemented in February for the relocation to River Front Center remain in effect for the Spring schedule.

 

Reimagine METRO – Phase 1 Additional Changes

 

New Route 78 And Simplified Route 72

Route 72 will now serve Green Valley Rd in both directions, and will no longer serve the hospital or Social Security. A new route, Route 78, will provide all-day service in Watsonville on West Beach Street, Ohlone Parkway, and to the new South County Government Service Center on Westridge Dr. This route will also serve Watsonville Community Hospital, the Social Security office, and Freedom Centre.

 

Service has been extended later into the evening on Routes 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 19, and 73.

 

More frequent 90X Express Service Between Watsonville and Santa Cruz

Route 90X will run every 30 minutes rather than every 60 minutes in the peak hours, doubling the number of trips available.

 

Service to Big Basin Redwoods State Park Returns

Five round trips will serve Big Basin on weekends from Scotts Valley Transit Center.

 

 

School Term (“ST”) Service:

San Lorenzo Valley School District

Weekdays: San Lorenzo Valley school term “ST” service will operate March 14, 2024 and from March 18 – June 6, 2024, except for the following dates: April 1-5 (Spring Break), and May 27, 2024 (Memorial Day).

Route 1 – Soquel/Cabrillo/Airport

See Route Schedule: 1

ADDITIONAL EVENING SERVICE

Weekdays/Weekends: A new trip has been added at 8:30pm departing from Santa Cruz River Front Center. Three evening departures from Santa Cruz will start from the Boardwalk at Cliff & Beach (Stop ID 1318) at 8:45pm, 9:45pm, and 10:45pm, then continue to River Front Center to depart on the hour at 9:00pm, 10:00pm, and 11:00pm.

Route 2 – Capitola/Cabrillo/Main

See Route Schedule: 2

ADDITIONAL EVENING SERVICE

Weekdays: Trips have been added at 8:15pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm, and 11:45pm from Santa Cruz to Watsonville.

Weekends: Trips have been added at 8:15pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm, and 10:45pm from Santa Cruz to Watsonville. Trips from Watsonville to Santa Cruz have been added at 9:15pm and 10:15pm.

Route 3A – UCSC/Capitola Mall/Live Oak via East Cliff

See Route Schedule: 3A

ROUTE CHANGE AND ADDITIONAL EVENING SERVICE

Weekdays: Two additional evening trips will depart Capitola Mall at 7:32pm and 8:32pm. The schedule has been changed so that Route 3A will be scheduled to depart from River Front Transit Center to UCSC at :50 past the hour from 7:50am – 8:50pm. Departure times have also changed elsewhere along the route.

Weekends: The schedule has been changed so that Route 3A will be scheduled to depart from River Front Transit Center to UCSC at :25 past the hour from 7:25am – 8:25pm. Departure times have also changed elsewhere along the route.

Route 3B – UCSC/Capitola Mall/Live Oak via 17th/Brommer

See Route Schedule: 3B

ADDITIONAL MORNING AND EVENING SERVICE

Weekdays: Two additional evening trips will depart Capitola Mall at 9:58pm and 10:58pm. The schedule has been changed so that Route 3B will be scheduled to depart from River Front Transit Center to UCSC at :20 past the hour from 6:20am – 11:20pm. Departure times have also changed elsewhere along the route.


Weekends: Three additional morning trips will depart Capitola Mall at 6:30am, 7:30am, and 8:30am. One additional evening trip will depart Capitola Mall at 10:34pm. The schedule has been changed so that Route 3B will be scheduled to depart from River Front Transit Center to UCSC at :55 past the hour from 6:55am – 10:55pm. Departure times have also changed elsewhere along the route.

Route 4 – River/Harvey West/Emeline

See Route Schedule: 4

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

Route 19 – UCSC via West Gate – Bay

See Route Schedule: 19

ADDITIONAL EVENING SERVICE

Weekdays: Two additional trips will depart at 11:00pm and 11:30pm from River Front Center.

Weekends: One additional trip will depart at 11:05pm from River Front Center.

Route 35 – Highway 9/Scotts Valley

See Route Schedule: 35

Weekends: Seasonal service to Big Basin Redwoods State Park returns. There are five round trips to the state park departing approximately every two hours, from mid-morning to late afternoon. Headsigns on buses that serve Big Basin will display “35B.” As a reminder, service starts and ends at Scotts Valley Transit Center; transfer to or from a Santa Cruz Route 35 for service along Scotts Valley Dr and Santa Cruz.

Route 72 – Green Valley – Pinto Lake

See Route Schedule: 72

ROUTE CHANGE

Weekdays: Outbound from Watsonville Transit Center, Route 72 will go from Main St direct to Green Valley Road to serve Green Valley Road in both directions. Route 72 will no longer serve Watsonville Hospital or the Social Security office. Instead, service to both of those destinations will be available on a new route, Route 78.

Route 73 – Soquel/Freedom/Cabrillo

See Route Schedule: 73

MORE FREQUENT SERVICE; EARLY MORNING AND LATE EVENING SERVICE

Weekdays:
16 additional trips have been added. Service frequency is now every 20-30 minutes in the morning and afternoon peak, and every 60 minutes mid-day and in the evening. A late evening trip leaves Cabrillo at 11:40pm.

Weekends: 5 additional trips have been added. Service frequency is now hourly from Cabrillo to Watsonville from 7:00am – 11:00pm, and from Watsonville to Cabrillo from 6:00am – 10:00pm.

Route 78 – Ohlone/Watsonville Hospital

See Route Schedule: 78

NEW ROUTE

Weekdays/Weekends: This new route will serve the new South County Government Service Center once it opens (expected opening May 1, 2024); the Social Security office; Watsonville Community Hospital, and Freedom Centre. The route includes W. Beach St, Ohlone Parkway, Harkins Slough Rd, Westgate Dr, Nielson St, Hangar Way, Holm Rd, Airport Blvd, and Freedom Blvd.

Route 90X – Watsonville – Santa Cruz Express

See Route Schedule: 90X

MORE FREQUENT SERVICE

Weekdays: Six trips have been added in each direction; service will be provided every 30 minutes in both directions in the morning and afternoon peak hours, instead of every 60 minutes. From Watsonville, Water and Poplar Ave (Stop #1903) will be added as a stop; Soquel Ave & San Juan Ave (Stop #1796) and Water & N. Branciforte Ave (Stop #1899) will no longer be served. From Santa Cruz, Water and Poplar Ave (Stop # 2728) will be added as a stop; Soquel Ave & Frederick (Stop #1795) and Water & N. Branciforte Ave (Stop #1900) will no longer be served.

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