Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District

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Santa Cruz METRO
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Bikerack for three bicycles on Highway 17 Express Bus.jpg
Headquarters 110 Vernon Street,
Santa Cruz, CA
Service area Santa Cruz County
Service type bus service, paratransit, express bus service
Stations Amtrak - METRO Center/Pacific Station, 920 Pacific Ave., Santa CruzCoordinates: 36°58′15.3″N 122°01′29.8″W / 36.970917°N 122.024944°W / 36.970917; -122.024944
Website scmtd.com

Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (SCMTD), or simply Santa Cruz METRO, provides bus service throughout Santa Cruz County, California.

Santa Cruz METRO also operates the Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach Highway 17 Express service between Santa Cruz (city) and San Jose Amtrak Station, thanks to a partnership with Amtrak California, Capitol Corridor, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

Complete transit itineraries between Santa Cruz and San Francisco Bay Area cities and major airports are available from iridethebus.org.

History[edit]

Santa Cruz METRO was created in 1968 as a special district within Santa Cruz County with taxing authority.[1] Service was initially to the cities of Santa Cruz, Capitola and Live Oak. Santa Cruz METRO extended service to Watsonville, Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley in 1974.

In 1979, voters approved a measure to change the financing of Santa Cruz METRO from a property tax to a 1/2 cent sales tax.

The Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach Highway 17 Express service between Santa Cruz and San Jose started as an emergency bus service after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake closed Highway 17.

A strike in September 2005 lasted for 35 days and stranded up to 23,000 riders.[2]

In 2011 fixed route service was severely cut then restored mere months later.[3]

In 2012 Santa Cruz METRO received grant funding to construct the Judy K. Souza Operations Facility.[4]

Year Round Routes[edit]

  • Route 3 - Mission/Beach
  • Route 4 - Harvey West/Emeline
  • Route 10 - UCSC via High Street
  • Route 15 - UCSC via Laurel West *UCSC School Term Only*
  • Route 16 - UCSC via Laurel East
  • Route 17- Hwy 17 Express: Santa Cruz to San Jose via Scotts Valley
  • Route 19 - UCSC via Lower Bay
  • Route 20 - UCSC via Westside
  • Route 20S - UCSC via Safeway
  • Route 33 - Lompico SLV/Felton Faire
  • Route 34 - South Felton
  • Route 35/35A - Santa Cruz to San Lorenzo Valley
  • Route 40 - Davenport/North Coast Beaches
  • Route 41 - Bonny Doon
  • Route 42 - Davenport/Bonny Doon
  • Route 55 - Rio Del Mar
  • Route 66 - Live Oak via 17th
  • Route 68 - Live Oak via Broadway/Portola
  • Route 69A/69W - Capitola Road/Cabrillo/Santa Cruz/Watsonville
  • Route 71 - Santa Cruz/Watsonville
  • Route 72 - Hospital/Pinto Lake
  • Route 72W - Corralitos Weekends
  • Route 74S - Pajaro Valley High School/Hospital
  • Route 75 - Green Valley
  • Route 79 - Pajaro/East Lake
  • Route 91X - Commuter Express: Santa Cruz/Watsonville

Routes operating only during UCSC terms[edit]

  • Route 15 - UCSC via Laurel West

Complete Bus Fleet[edit]

Fleet Numbers Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number Engine Transmission Notes
811-816 1971 GMC TDH-3301 Toro-Flow II DH478
817-818 1973 GMC TDH-3302A
  • Renumbered to 824-825
819-823 1973 GMC T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6v71 Allison VH-9
826-827 1974 GMC T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8v71 Allison VS-2-8
  • Delivered with air-conditioning units, but never used.
828-833 1974-75 GMC T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6v71 Allison VH-9
834-836 1975 GMC T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6v71 Allison VH-9
837-839 1975 GMC T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8v71 Allison VS-2-8
  • Also delivered with air-conditioning units, but never used.
840-845 1976 GMC T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6v71 Allison VH-9
846-851 1977 AMG 9635B-8 Detroit Diesel 8v71 Allison V730
  • 848-850 To United Airlines
858-880 1979 Grumman Flxible 870 (45102-8-1) Detroit Diesel 8v71 Allison V730
881-886 1973 Highway Products TC-31
  • These buses used the Twin Coach name plate
8004-8005 1974 Highway Products TC-31
  • Also used the Twin Coach name plate
8050-8064 1981 Gillig Phantom (3596T) Detroit Diesel 6v92T Allison HT740
8065 1982 Gillig Phantom (3596T) Detroit Diesel 6v92T Allison HT740
8066-8068 1984 Gillig Phantom (30TB96) Detroit Diesel 6v92 Allison HT747
8069-8074 1980 Grumman Flxible 870 (53102-8-1) Detroit Diesel 8v71 Allison V730
8075-8099 1988 New Flyer D35 Detroit Diesel 6v92 Allison V731
  • Re-powered to Detroit Diesel Series 50
8100-8107 1989 New Flyer D40 Detroit Diesel 6v92 Allison V731
  • First buses designated for use on the HWY 17 Express
8108 1981 Flyer D901A (10235) Detroit Diesel 6v92 Allison V730
  • Originally had a Cummins VTB 903 Engine
9801-9818 1998 New Flyer D35LF Detroit Series 50 Allison B400R
  • Currently being retired
9819-9830 1998 New Flyer D40LF Detroit Series 50 Allison B400R
  • Currently being retired
10 2002 New Flyer C40S Cummins 8.3L C-Gas Plus
  • This prototype was created from a 1998 C40 that had its section converted to suburban configuration.
2201-2208 2002 New Flyer C40LF Cummins Westport C Gas Plus Allison B400R
  • Retired
2210-2224 2002 New Flyer D35LF Cummins ISB Allison B400R
  • Originally had Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR engines
  • Converted to CNG Buses.
2225-2238 2002 New Flyer D40LF Cummins ISB Allison B400R
  • Originally had Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR engines
  • Converted to CNG Buses.
2301-2311 2003 Orion 05.501 Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
  • Last high floor buses purchased. Use on the HWY 17 Express.
  • Converted to CNG Buses.
2406 2003 Ford/Goshen GC-II
2601-2602 2006 New Flyer C40LF Cummins Westport C Gas Plus Allison B400R
2801-2813 2008 New Flyer C40LF Cummins ISL G Allison B400R
  • 2801-2805 Used on Hwy 17 Express
1001-1005 2010 New Flyer C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
  • Used on the HWY 17 Express
1201-1211 2012 New Flyer XN35 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
1301-1306 2013 New Flyer XN35 Cummins Westport ISL G AllisonB400R
8301-83?? 1982 GMC RTS T8J 204 Detroit Diesel 6v92 Allison V730
  • Ex Golden Gate Transit buses purchased for the HWY 17 Express.
    Original fleet numbers are unknown. Since Retired
9831-9840 1984 Gillig Phantom (40TB966V92) Cummins M11 Allison B400R

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District". Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Retrieved 2008-06-24.  Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Strikes halts Santa Cruz bus service, strands 23,000 riders". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Just-enacted METRO route cuts may be revisited: Unexpected revenues may lead to restored services". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  4. ^ "Final portion of METROBase pie to break ground Oct. 26". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 

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