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 Public Hearings

Title VI Program Report

Effective: Mar 25 2016

The Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (METRO) is committed to providing public transportation in an environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. METRO operates its programs, activities and services without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. As a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) fund recipient, METRO will ensure that its programs, policies and activities comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Department of Transportation regulations.

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Board of Directors of Santa Cruz METRO at the Santa Cruz City Council Chambers located at 809 Center Street, in Santa Cruz, CA, on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:30 am, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, for the purpose of considering modifications to METRO’s Title VI Regulation and Title VI Program Report for submittal to FTA.

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Interested parties may address the Santa Cruz METRO Board of Directors orally or in writing at the public hearing.

In addition, documents and written comments addressed to the Board of Directors will be received through 5:00 pm on March 25, 2016 at the Administrative offices, 110 Vernon Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. METRO will accept written comments on its Title VI Program Report through March 25, 2016 at 5:00pm. Comments can be submitted at the address above, or via email:

The Title VI Program Report is included in the Board Agenda for January 22, 2016 and is available for public inspection at METRO’s Administrative Offices, 110 Vernon Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, from 8 am to 5 pm, Mon-Fri, through March 25, 2016.

The METRO Board of Directors will consider adoption of METRO’s proposed Title VI Program Report at the Public Hearing on March 25, 2016.

 General Announcements

A Note from the CEO (September 2015)

Effective: Sep 10 - Jun 15 2016

It has been a little over a year since I was hired as CEO of Santa Cruz METRO. During this period of time customers often ask me what my vision is for METRO. This edition of my CEO note reflects some of my thoughts and vision for METRO. Of course I would be remiss if I did not point out that some of these concepts are subject to public process and METRO Board approval.

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Santa Cruz METRO is a major positive economic, mobility, quality of life and air quality contributor to the region, employing 320 people and providing over 5.5 million trips a year with a budget of $50 million in fiscal year 2016.
In answering this question, I first look to our Mission Statement for a foundation from which to build:

To provide a public transportation service that enhances personal mobility and creates a sustainable transportation option in Santa Cruz County through a costeffective, reliable, accessible, safe, clean and courteous transit service.

Safe, Accessible & Reliable Service
We will continue our safety first focus; we will operate fixed-route, commuter and paratransit services that are accessible; and will strive for accessible bus stops and facilities at all locations. We will continue to improve service reliability and on-time performance. We understand and respect that our customers have transportation choices, and in choosing METRO, they are placing their vote of confidence in our ability to get them to their destination on-time.

Financial Stability
We cannot keep riding this rollercoaster of financial instability. We will need to adjust our service levels and the efficiency of our operation such that recurring expenses mirror recurring revenues. Continuing to build a balanced budget by using Reserves is not a sustainable strategy. Resolving this challenge will require the help of our state and federal funding partners. Please take a moment to go to the METRO website and read my Message to Congress and my Message to the State Legislature. Please also consider navigating to the Stand Up 4 Transportation website and signing the petition to Congress in support of transportation funding.

We will always welcome public comment and we will ensure that our proposals are always publically vetted in Board meetings, community meetings or public hearings. We will strive to publish useful content on our
website that provides our customers, stakeholders and other interested parties the information they seek.

Improved Customer Experience
• We will continue to invest in employee training, supplying them with the knowledge and tools needed to provide optimal service delivery, and to achieve a high degree of Customer Service satisfaction.
AVL - We will continue to seek state and federal grants to purchase Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL). This technology will provide data that will be used to improve on-time performance. AVL uses global positioning
satellite information that will also allow METRO to provide our customers with electronic signs and a smart phone application that will predict when the next bus will be at their stop.
Cruz Card - We will continue to market our Smart Card fare media (plastic reloadable Cruz Cards) by working hard to attract more customers to this convenient fare media tool. If successful in doing so, we will reduce the time the bus must remain stopped (dwell time) while customers use cash and coins to pay their fare, thereby resulting in improved on-time performance. Please help us reduce dwell time by visiting our websiteto see how you can get your Cruz Card today.
Wi-Fi – We will investigate adding Wi-Fi to other commuter-like service corridors.
Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) – METRO will study the possibility of augmenting our fleet with zero emission electric buses. We are hopeful there will be state and federal grants to help us procure these vehicles and the infrastructure required.

Operational Improvements
Bus on Shoulder – We will investigate the feasibility of operating buses on the Highway 1 center median shoulder between the “fishhook” in Santa Cruz and Aptos. If successfully implemented, ridership in the Watsonville to Santa Cruz corridor could grow significantly since buses will make the journey quicker than all those single occupancy vehicles stuck in gridlock. Getting our customers to work and home quicker and less stressed provides them a quality of life benefit.
Systemwide Restructuring – METRO will review the bus system to ensure our operational resources are allocated effectively and efficiently and that the costs of operating the system do not exceed available recurring revenues.
Capital Investments – METRO will work towards achieving a state-of-good-repair. In a basic sense, the bus system is in a good state of repair when all maintenance is performed at scheduled intervals; all facilities are properly maintained and without deferred maintenance; and all vehicles receive scheduled mid-life overhauls and are replaced when they reach the end of their useful life.
Highway 17 Commuter Service – We are investigating the possibility of adding larger buses with more powerful engines to this service, possibly electric powered. We currently operate compressed natural gas buses which have about 280 horsepower (HP). Buses with over 400 HP would perform better on the Highway 17 uphill grades.

Thank you for the opportunity to share a few of my thoughts and vision for METRO in the coming years.

Alex Clifford, CEO
Santa Cruz METRO

Metro Advisory Committee (MAC) Vacancies

Effective: Jul 02 2015

The METRO Advisory Committee (MAC) currently has two vacancies. If you have an interest in participating in this important committee, please go to our METRO Advisory Committee page to review the meeting schedule and submit an application.

 Service Alerts

Highway 17 Express - VTA Day Passes

See Route Schedule: 17     See Route Map: 17    

Effective: Jan 01 2016

As of January 1, 2016 the Valley Transit Authority (VTA) will no longer issue paper Day Passes.  All VTA Passes will be on a Clipper Card.  Due to this change and METRO’s inability to read Clipper, METRO WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PROVIDE  UPGRADES WITH VTA PASSES ON HWY 17.  Full fare will be required by all passengers on Hwy 17 routes.

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METRO will have a grace period of 2 weeks from January 1, 2016 at which time passengers requesting upgrades, will receive the discount but need to be informed of the change and that beginning January 15, 2016 they will be required to pay the full fare for a HWY 17 Day Pass.  If a valid VTA paper Day Pass is presented after January 1, 2016, it will be honored for an upgrade, due to the fact that many organizations have purchased them in bulk and in advance.

There are no changes to METRO’s HWY 17 Day Pass arrangement with VTA. HWY 17 Day Passes will still be valid on VTA buses.  

Thank You,

Santa Cruz METRO

 Quarterly Service Updates

Fall Service Sep 10, 2015 - Jun 15, 2016

Route 3 - Mission / Beach

See Route Schedule: 03     See Route Map: 03    

Weekends: All trips have returned to regular weekend routing using Beach Street to 2nd Street.

Route 15 - UCSC via Laurel West

See Route Schedule: 15     See Route Map: 15    

Weekdays: the 7:38AM trip will now depart at 7:25AM and end after the campus loop before starting a second short trip beginning at Mission & Bay at 7:55AM. The 2:38PM trip has been deleted.

Route 16 - UCSC via Laurel East

See Route Schedule: 16     See Route Map: 16    

Weekdays: A new trip will now depart at 7:25AM and end after the campus loop before starting a second short trip beginning at Mission & Bay at 7:55AM.  Weekends: Four new "School Term Only" (ST) trips will depart Santa Cruz METRO Center at 3:20PM, 4:20PM, 5:20PM, and 6:20PM.

Route 33 & 34 - Lompico SLV / Felton Faire & South Felton

See Route Schedule: 33 34     See Route Map: 33 34    

Weekdays: Trip departure times have changed to accomodate changes to the SLV High School bell schedule.

Route 35 - San Lorenzo Valley (SLV)

See Route Schedule: 35 35A     See Route Map: 35 35A    

Weekdays: The "School Term Only" (ST) trip departure times have changed to accomodate changes to the SLV High School bell schedule.

Route 68 - Live Oak via Broadway/Portola

See Route Schedule: 68     See Route Map: 68    

Weekends:  All trips have returned to regular routing using San Lorenzo Blvd. to Ocean St. instead of the summer routing using Broadway to Ocean St.

Route 71 - Santa Cruz / Watsonville

See Route Schedule: 71     See Route Map: 71    

Daily: The 11:35PM trip from the Boardwalk to Santa Cruz METRO Center has ended.  The last trip will depart from Santa Cruz METRO Center to Watsonville at 11:45PM.