City of Santa Clarita Transit

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CSCT Logo.jpg
Parent City of Santa Clarita
Founded 1991
Headquarters Transit Maintenance Facility
28250 Constellation Rd
Locale City of Santa Clarita
Los Angeles County
Service type transit bus, school bus
Routes 8 Local routes
2 Station Link routes
7 Commuter Express routes
19 Supplemental School Day routes
Hubs
Fleet 100 revenue vehicles
15 on order
1 special service trolley replica
Fuel type CNG
Diesel
Gasoline
Operator MV Transportation
Website City of Santa Clarita Transit

City of Santa Clarita Transit is a local bus service, administered by the City's transit division, that serves the City of Santa Clarita, California and nearby surrounding unincorporated areas. Daily operations and maintenance of the fleet are under contract with MV Transportation.[1] City of Santa Clarita Transit local routes offers connecting services with Metro and Metrolink.

The County of Los Angeles contracts with City of Santa Clarita Transit to provide fixed route and Dial-A-Ride services in certain unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County that are adjacent to and/or nearby the city limits of Santa Clarita. Some of these areas include the unincorporated communities of Castaic, Stevenson Ranch, Sunset Pointe and Val Verde.

No other Los Angeles County transit agency provides service to, from or within the City of Santa Clarita.

History[edit]

Old Logo of Santa Clarita Transit

The City of Santa Clarita assumed responsibility for local transit in 1991 from Los Angeles County, which had developed an embryonic transit network. A small City staff provides supervision over a contract operator. Over time, the local fixed route network and dial-a-ride service was expanded. Under City management, a number of new regional express services to various points in the San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles, Antelope Valley, and downtown Los Angeles were added or improved.[2]

In mid-2007 Santa Clarita Transit underwent a branding overhaul. The agency has been renamed "City of Santa Clarita Transit". Buses are in the process of receiving a new green and blue livery meant to reflect the colors of the city logo and new bus stop signs similar to the new bus livery have recently been installed.[3] The livery debuted in August 2007 on 2 brand new 60-foot (18 m) articulated buses. Also receiving an overhaul are the city's bus stops through a $2-million dollar Bus Stop Improvement Program. This included replacing 51 Clear Channel advertising shelters, benches, and trash cans. In addition, 40 additional stops will receive new non-advertising shelters, as well as a number of stops receiving new non-advertisement benches. An element of public art will be added to approximately 15 bus stops. The program's purpose is threefold, bus stops will become more uniform in look and features, the advertisement on benches will be eliminated, and public art will have a large expansion.[4] The overhauls are major parts of the city's efforts to make transit more attractive to citizens.

Transfer Stations[edit]

Transit Maintenance Facility[edit]

City of Santa Clarita Transit is housed in the City's Transit Maintenance Facility. The facility has been gold LEED certified.

Fixed-route Service[edit]

Local Routes[edit]

Route 1 - Castaic/Transit Center[edit]

This route begins in the unincorporated town of Castaic, California, just north of Santa Clarita and ends at the McBean Regional Transit Center in Santa Clarita. Route 1 provides service to the Valencia Industrial Center as well as the Valencia Commerce Center.

Route 2 - Val Verde/Transit Center[edit]

This route begins in the unincorporated town of Val Verde, California, just northwest of Santa Clarita and ends at the McBean Regional Transit Center in Santa Clarita. Route 2 provides service to the Valencia Industrial Center as well as the Valencia Commerce Center.

Route 3 - Magic Mountain/Seco Canyon[edit]

Route 3 begins at Six Flags Magic Mountain and ends at the "Tamarack Loop" in the Seco Canyon area. Route 3 begins and ends at same locations as Route 7, but at Newhall Ranch Road, Route 3 and Route 7 split and Route 3 travels east along Newhall Ranch Road, north on Bouquet Canyon Road, and north on Seco Canyon Road until the "Tamarack Loop". Route 3 serves Seco Canyon, Bouquet Seniors Apts., the Best Buy Shopping Center, and Arroyo Seco Jr. High School. Both Route 7 And Route 3 service the Westfield Valencia Town Center, Kaiser Medical Center on Tourney Road, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and College of the Canyons.

Route 4 - Bouquet Canyon/Newhall Metrolink Station via College of the Canyons[edit]

Route 4 runs from the LARC Ranch in the Bouquet Canyon area to the Newhall Metrolink Station. Route 4 shares most of its routing with Route 14, which splits off at Plum Canyon. Route 4 begins at the LARC Ranch in Bouquet Canyon and for the northern portion of its trip it follows Bouquet Canyon Road. The route turns west at Magic Mountain Parkway and then south on McBean Parkway to make a stop at the McBean Regional Transit Station. Just west of the transfer station the route turns south and services College of the Canyons on Rockwell Canyon Road. The route continues south, until it meets Lyons Avenue, where it continues east and services both the SCV Senior Center and the Newhall Metrolink station.

Route 5 - Vasquez Canyon/Stevenson Ranch[edit]

Route 5 runs between Stevenson Ranch and Vasquez Canyon Road via Lyons Ave to the Newhall Metrolink Station, then to Newhall Ave to Orchard Village Road running into downtown Valencia then to Soledad Canyon Rd serving the Santa Clarita Metrolink station and the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and Sports Complex into Canyon Country then continues north on Sierra Highway serving the new Canyon Country College of the Canyons campus before terminating at Vasquez Canyon Road.

Route 6 - Shadow Pines/Stevenson Ranch[edit]

Route 6 runs between Stevenson Ranch and Shadow Pines Boulevard via Lyons Ave to the Newhall Metrolink Station, then to Newhall Ave to Orchard Village Road running into downtown Valencia then to Soledad Canyon Rd serving the Santa Clarita Metrolink station and the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and Sports Complex into Canyon Country and then continues east on Soledad Canyon Road to the Shadow Pines Area.

Route 7 - Magic Mountain/Seco Canyon via Copper Hill[edit]

Route 7 begins at Six Flags Magic Mountain and ends at the "Tamarack Loop" in the Seco Canyon area. Route 7 begins and ends at same locations as Route 3 but splits in two different areas. After serving Magic Mountain, Route 7 turns south on The Old Road and services the Westridge community. The route then makes a left onto Valencia Blvd., rejoining the same alignment as Route 3 to serve College of the Canyons, McBean Regional Transit Station, and Westfield Valencia Town Center. Then the route splits again from Route 3 traveling westbound on Newhall Ranch Road, north along Copper Hill Drive where it makes a loop around Alta Vista, Constellation and Kelly Johnson Parkway to stop at the City of Santa Clarita Transit Maintenance Facility, east on Decoro Drive, north again on McBean Parkway (serving the neighborhoods of Northbridge and Northpark, and Valencia High School), and east again on Copper Hill Road to Seco Canyon Road and the Tamarack Loop.

Route 12 - Whites Canyon/Transit Center[edit]

Route 12 begins at the McBean Regional Transit Center and ends near Whites Canyon Road in the center of Santa Clarita. This route also services Downtown Newhall, and the Newhall Metrolink station. The route follows an almost "V" shaped pattern through the city, and it uses primarily Sierra Highway on the east side of town (some selected trips deviate onto Via Princessa to serve the Via Princessa Metrolink station) and Newhall Avenue (formerly San Fernando Road) on the west side. It also roughly follows the city boundaries and parallels both the Interstate 5 and the State Route 14.

Route 14 - Plum Canyon/Newhall Metrolink Station via College of the Canyons[edit]

Route 14 runs from Heller Circle in the Plum Canyon area to the Newhall Metrolink Station. Route 14 shares most of its routing with Route 4, splitting off at Plum Canyon. Route 14 begins at Heller Circle in Plum Canyon and then turns south onto Bouquet Canyon Road, where it begins its shared alignment with Route 4. The route turns west at Magic Mountain Parkway and then south on McBean Parkway to make a stop at the McBean Regional Transit Station. Just west of the transfer station the route turns south and services College of the Canyons on Rockwell Canyon Road. The route continues south, until it meets Lyons Avenue, where it continues east and services both the SCV Senior Center and the Newhall Metrolink station.

Station Link Service[edit]

Station Link service provides service from the Santa Clarita Metrolink station to major local places of employment within the Santa Clarita Valley. Station Link service operates on weekdays peak periods (6-8am, 4-6pm) only.

Route Terminals Via Notes
East Terminal West Terminal
501
Santa Clarita Metrolink Magic Mountain
Employee Gate
Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia Boulevard, Tourney Road
502
Santa Clarita Metrolink Commerce Center Avenue Stanford, Newhall Ranch Road
  • Service operates in loops terminate at Santa Clarita Metrolink

Supplemental School Day Service[edit]

Supplemental School Day Service routes, (also known as Tripper Service) provide service to and from local Junior High and High Schools from residential areas. Supplemental School Day Service routes are numbered in the 600's. This service is only operated on school days.

Routes include:

  • Route 620 - Serves Arroyo Seco JHS and Saugus HS
  • Route 621 - Serves Arroyo Seco JHS and Saugus HS
  • Route 622 - Serves Rio Norte JHS
  • Route 623 - Serves Rio Norte JHS
  • Route 624 - Serves Valencia HS
  • Route 625 - Serves Valencia HS
  • Route 626 - Serves La Mesa JHS
  • Route 627 - Serves La Mesa JHS
  • Route 628 - Serves Golden Valley HS
  • Route 629 - Serves Golden Valley HS
  • Route 631 - Serves Valencia HS and West Ranch HS (afternoons only)
  • Route 632 - Serves Sierra JHS and Canyon HS (mornings only)
  • Route 633 - Serves Saugus HS (afternoons only)
  • Route 634 - Serves Rancho Pico JHS and West Ranch HS
  • Route 635 - Serves West Ranch HS (mornings only)
  • Route 636 - Serves Valencia HS and West Ranch HS
  • Route 637 - Serves Arroyo Seco JHS and Saugus HS (afternoons only)
  • Route 638 - Serves Arroyo Seco JHS and Saugus HS (afternoons only)
  • Route 639 - Serves Rancho Pico JHS and West Ranch HS (mornings only)
  • Route 640 - Serves Arroyo Seco JHS (morning and afternoon) and Saugus HS (mornings Only)(new to 2010/2011)
  • Route 641 - Serves Saugus HS (afternoons only)

Commuter Express Service[edit]

Commuter Express provides service to and from to major places of employment outside of the Santa Clarita Valley (Routes 796-799), and also provides service from areas outside of the Santa Clarita Valley to major places of employment inside the Santa Clarita Valley (Routes 791-794). All Commuter Express Routes run on weekdays only, except for Route 757, which runs seven days a week.

Route Terminals Via Notes
757
Santa Clarita
Newhall Avenue and Sierra Highway (Weekdays)
North Hollywood Red Line Station In Santa Clarita: Railroad Avenue, Valencia Boulevard, McBean Parkway
Express Portion: I-5, Hollywood Freeway (7 days)
Sierra Highway (Weekdays)
Santa Clarita
McBean Regional Transfer Center (Weekends)
Route A.M. Pick-up / P.M. Drop-off P.M. Pick-up / A.M. Drop-off Via Notes
791
Warner Center
Victory Boulevard and Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Santa Clarita
Avenue Stanford and Technology Drive
In Santa Clarita: Avenue Scott, Valencia Boulevard, McBean Parkway
Express Portion: I-5, SR 118
In the San Fernando Valley: Topanga Canyon Boulevard
792
Century City
Century Park West and Constellation Boulevard
Santa Clarita
Avenue Stanford and Technology Drive
In Santa Clarita: Avenue Scott, Valencia Boulevard, McBean Parkway
Express Portion: I-5, I-405
In West LA: Westwood Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard
794
Union Station Santa Clarita
Avenue Stanford and Technology Drive
In Santa Clarita: Avenue Scott, Valencia Boulevard, McBean Parkway
Express Portion: I-5
796
Santa Clarita Metrolink Warner Center
Victory Boulevard & Topanga Canyon Boulevard
In Santa Clarita: Valencia Boulevard, Orchard Village Road, Newhall Avenue
Express Portion: Sierra Highway, I-5, SR 118
In the San Fernando Valley: De Soto Avenue
  • Also serves Newhall Metrolink Station, Chatsworth Metrolink Station
797
Santa Clarita Metrolink Century City
Century Park West and Constellation Boulevard
In Santa Clarita: Valencia Boulevard, Orchard Village Road, Newhall Avenue
Express Portion: I-5, I-405
In West LA: Westwood Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard
  • Also serves Newhall Metrolink Station, UCLA
799
Santa Clarita Metrolink Downtown Los Angeles
7th Street and Spring Street (A.M. Drop-off)
In Santa Clarita: Valencia Boulevard, Orchard Village Road, Newhall Avenue
Express Portion: I-5
In Downtown LA: Alameda Street, 1st Street, Hope Street
Downtown Los Angeles
8th Street and Spring Street (P.M. Pick-up)

Fares[edit]

Exact cash fare is required. Passes are stored on reusable Transit Access Pass (TAP) cards that cost $2 each. Customers can also store cash-value on their TAP card that can be used with any Los Angeles county transit agency that accepts TAP.

The following table shows City of Santa Clarita Transit fares, effective September 15, 2014:

Fare Type Regular Senior (60+)/
Disabled
Notes
Local, School, Station Link
Single Ride $1 Free
Local Day Pass $2.50 1
Monthly Pass $32 1
Dial-A-Ride
Single Ride $2
Commuter Express Route 757
Single Ride $2.50 $1.25
Monthly Pass $100 $50 1
EZ transit pass + Zone 3 $176 $70.50 1, 2, 3
Interagency Transfer $.55 1
Commuter Express Routes 791, 796
Single Ride $3.75 $1.75
Monthly Pass $145 $72.50 1
EZ transit pass + Zone 4 $198 $80 1, 2, 3
Interagency Transfer $.55 1
Commuter Express Routes 792, 794, 797 & 799
Single Ride $4.25 $2
Monthly Pass $165 $82.50 1
EZ transit pass + Zone 5 $220 $89.50 1, 2, 3
Interagency Transfer $.55 1

Notes:

  1. TAP card required.
  2. The EZ transit pass is a monthly pass good for local travel on 21 different public transit carriers throughout the Greater Los Angeles region.
  3. Senior discount eligibility starts at age 62 for EZ transit pass.

Fleet[edit]

The City of Santa Clarita transit fleet consists of 94 vehicles with 17 more on order. [5]

Model Length Year Vehicle Numbers Quantity Fuel Type Vehicle Use Note
Gillig Phantom 30' 2000 141-146 6 Diesel
Gillig Phantom 40' 2000 147, 149, 153-155 6 Diesel Local 1, 4, 5
New Flyer C40LF 40' 2005 163-176 14 CNG Local
NABI 60-BRT 60' 2007 177-178 2 CNG Local 3
NABI 40-LFW 40' 2008 179-186 8 CNG Local
New Flyer C40LFR 40' 2010 188-194 7 CNG Local
Gillig Low Floor 40' 2013 102-104, 106-112 10 CNG Local
Motor Coach Industries D4000 40' 2001 237-241 5 Diesel Commuter 6
Motor Coach Industries D4500 45' 2004 242-245 4 Diesel Commuter
Motor Coach Industries D4000 40' 2004 246-254 9 Diesel Commuter
Motor Coach Industries D4500 45' 2010 255-258 4 Diesel Commuter
ElDorado National Aerotech 220 23' 2007 350-353 4 Gasoline Dial-a-Ride
Starcraft Allstar 23' 2008 354-367 14 CNG Dial-a-Ride
Chance Coach AH-28 28' 2001 101 1 Diesel Special 1, 2
On Order
Motor Coach Industries D4500 45' 2013/2014 259-264 6 Diesel Commuter
Gillig Low Floor 40' 2014 113-122 11 CNG Local
Retired
Gillig Phantom 40' 1997 128-134, 148, 150-152, 157-162 17 Diesel
Motor Coach Industries D4000 40' 1997 228-229 2 Diesel Commuter 4
Motor Coach Industries D4000 40' 1999 230-236 6 Diesel Commuter 6

Notes:

  1. Bus #156 was involved in an FTA exchange with the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority for a trolley replica vehicle.
  2. American Heritage Streetcar used for "Hometown Trolley Service"
  3. Mostly used for Supplemental School Day service.
  4. Vehicle slated for replacement by vehicles on order.
  5. Some buses have already been retired.
  6. Bus retirement funded by FTA grant and scheduled for 2014.

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