Monterey–Salinas Transit

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Monterey-Salinas Transit bus at San Jose Diridon station, November 2019.JPG
Monterey-Salinas Transit bus at San Jose Diridon station
HeadquartersOne Ryan Ranch Road, Monterey, CA
Service areaMonterey County and parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties
Service typebus service, DRT, paratransit
StationsMonterey Transit Plaza
Salinas Transit Center
Sand City Station
Marina Transit Exchange
Watsonville Transit Center
OperatorMonterey-Salinas Transit District

Monterey–Salinas Transit (MST) is a bus service operating in Monterey County, California. Service is primarily to the greater Monterey and Salinas areas, but extends as far south as Paso Robles and Big Sur and as far north as Watsonville and San Jose. Most lines follow a hub-and-spoke system, originating at the Monterey Transit Plaza or the Salinas Transit Center, though some service also originates from the Sand City Station and the Marina Transit Exchange. MST serves many local shopping areas, places of employment, tourist sites, government buildings, and residential neighborhoods.


Salinas Transit Center in 2012

MST currently operates 61 fixed-route lines, two demand-responsive transit services, free seasonal shuttles, and paratransit service. Supplemental service is offered on relevant lines during major events and is usually free for event ticketholders.

During the summer and select holidays, the MST Trolley, formerly the Waterfront Area Visitor Express (WAVE), a free shuttle, serves Old Town Monterey, Cannery Row, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

MST's demand-responsive transit service, MST On Call, covers areas away from MST's standard routes. MST On Call Marina provides timed transfers at Marina Transit Exchange. MST On Call South County serves the cities of Gonzales, Greenfield and King and provides connections to the Line 23 serving the highway 101 corridor from King City to Salinas.

MST RIDES is a paratransit service available to persons who have a disability preventing them from using MST's regular fixed-route service. It operates under its own fare structure.

Lines 27, 28, and 29 connect to Santa Cruz Metro at Watsonville Transit Center. Salinas's Amtrak and Greyhound stations are located near the Salinas Transit Center; lines 29 and 49 and the Salinas Trolley will also stop at the Amtrak station upon request.

Lines 55 and 78 connect to both Caltrain and VTA buses at the Gilroy and San Jose Diridon Caltrain stations. Diridon Station is also a station for ACE, Amtrak, and VTA light rail. Further, line 55 & 81 includes a stop at the San Jose Greyhound station. Line 81 also stops at the San Jose airport. These connections link the Monterey Bay to Bay Area, state, and national transit networks. (Line 55 also serves as an Amtrak Thruway bus.)

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