Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District

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Santa Cruz METRO
Santa Cruz Metro logo.png
Santa Cruz bus terminal, October 2017.JPG
METRO and Greyhound terminal in downtown Santa Cruz
Headquarters110 Vernon Street,
Santa Cruz, CA
Service areaSanta Cruz County
Service type
StationsAmtrak – 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
Websitescmtd.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.

History[edit]

Highway 17 Express bus at San Jose Diridon

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/Seymour Center/Beach
  • Route 4 – Harvey West/Emeline
  • Route 10 – UCSC via High Street
  • Route 16 – UCSC via Laurel East
  • Route 17- Hwy 17 Express
  • Route 19 – UCSC via Lower Bay
  • Route 20 – UCSC via Westside
  • 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
    A Santa Cruz METRO D60LF at the UCSC Colleges 9 & 10 bus stop. Behind it is a Loop bus operated by UCSC Transportation and Parking Services.

Routes operating only during UCSC terms[edit]

  • Route 15 – UCSC via Laurel West
  • Route 20D - UCSC via Delaware
  • Route 22 - UCSC/Coastal Science Campus

Discontinued Routes[edit]

  • Route 1 - University
  • Route 1B - University/Lower Bay
  • Route 1H - University/High
  • Route 1L - University/Laurel
  • Route 1W - University/Walnut
  • Route 1Y - University Shuttle
  • Route 2 - Mission/Western
  • Route 3A - Mission/Lighthouse
  • Route 3B - Mission/Natural Bridges
  • Route 4W - Harvey West
  • Route 5 - Delavega
  • Route 6 - Seabright
  • Route 7 - Beach
  • Route 7N - Beach Night
  • Route 8 - Emeline
  • Route 9 - Stroke Center
  • Route 11 - UC/Westside
  • Route 12 - UCSC/East Side Direct
  • Route 13 - UCSC via Walnut
  • Route 27X - UCSC Express
  • Route 30 - Graham/Scotts Valley
  • Route 31 - Scotts Valley via Highway 17
  • Route 33 - Lompico SLV/Felton Faire
  • Route 34 - South Felton
  • Route 36 - Valley/Santa Cruz Express
  • Route 51 - Soquel/Clares
  • Route 52 - Capitola/Soquel
  • Route 54 - Aptos/La Selva
  • Route 54A - Aptos
  • Route 56 - Depot Hill
  • Route 56 - La Selva
  • Route 57 - Capitola
  • Route 58 - Park Avenue
  • Route 60 - Soquel
  • Route 61 - Dominican
  • Route 62 - Dominican/17th
  • Route 63 - Dominican
  • Route 65 - Live Oak via 30th
  • Route 67 - Live Oak via East Cliff
  • Route 69 - 41st Avenue
  • Route 69B - Capitola
  • Route 69C - Cabrillo
  • Route 69N - Cabrillo Night
  • Route 70 - Santa Cruz/Cabrillo
  • Route 73 - Airport/Buena Vista
  • Route 74 - Shady Oaks
  • Route 76 - Bay Village
  • Route 77 - Industrial
  • Route 80 - Westridge Drive
  • Route 81 - Capitola Mall/Watsonville
  • Route 88 - Armory Shuttle
  • Route 93 - Watsonville Express

Metro Bus Fleet[edit]

Current Fleet
Fleet Numbers Year Manufacturer Model Number Engine Transmission Notes
9801–9818 1998 New Flyer D35LF Detroit Series 50 Allison B400R
  • Most are retired
9819–9830 1998 New Flyer D40LF Detroit Series 50 Allison B400R
  • Most are retired
1001–1005 2010 New Flyer C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
  • Used on the HWY 17 Express
  • Suburban configuration with no rear door.
1201–1211 2012 New Flyer C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
  • 2011 Models
1301–1306 2013 New Flyer XN35 Cummins Westport ISL G AllisonB400R
1610-1612 2012 New Flyer XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
1901-1906 2019 Gillig Gillig BRTPlus
CNG 40
(G27ND102N4)
Cummins Westport L9N Alison B400R
2210–2224 2003 New Flyer C35LF John Derre 6081H Allison B400R
  • 2002 Models. Formally had Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR engines
  • Originally diesel and then were Converted to CNG.
  • Currently being retired.
2225–2238 2003 New Flyer C40LF John Derre 6081H Allison B400R
  • 2002 Models. Formally had Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR engines
  • Originally diesel and then converted to CNG.
  • Currently being retired.
2316, 2318, 2322, 2333 2002 New Flyer D60LF Cummins ISL Allison B500R
  • Ex Santa Clara VTA 2316, 2318, 2322, 2333;
  • Bought in December 2018.
  • Entered service in early 2019
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.
  • Suburban Configurations with no rear door.
4201-4210 2014 Gillig Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
G30D102N4
Cummins ISB6.7
  • Ex Santa Clara VTA 4201-4010; Bought in December 2018
  • Entered Service in Early 2019
  • Used on the Hwy 17 Express
Retired Fleet:
Fleet Numbers Year Manufacturer Model Number Engine Transmission Notes
811–816 1971 GMC TDH-3301 Toro-Flow II DH478
817–818 1973 GMC TDH-3302A Detroit Diesel 6v53 Alison AT 540?
  • 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 1974 Highway Products TC-31 Dodge 440
Propane
  • These buses used the Twin Coach name plate
8004–8005 1974 Highway Products TC-31 Dodge 440
Propane
  • 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 Retired circa 2011
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
  • Demo bus. Originally had a Cummins VTB 903 Engine
8301-8308 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.
9831–9840 1984 Gillig Phantom (40TB966V92) Cummins ISC Allison B400R
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
2301–2311 2003 Orion 05.501 John Deer 6081H Allison B400R
  • Last high floor buses purchased. Suburban configuration with no rear door. Used on the HWY 17 Express.
  • Originally had Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR. Converted to GNG
  • Retired 2015-2019
2003 Ford/Goshen GC-II

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District". Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  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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