Santa Cruz METRO Planning Department works to ensure that transit service is made available to as many Santa Cruz County residence as possible.  Santa Cruz METRO combines ridership data, on-board survey data, and county-wide demographic data to analyze the most (and least) productive transit corridors in the county and designs service accordingly.  Additionally, Santa Cruz METRO partners with the Regional Transportation Commission(SCCRTC), the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments(AMBAG), UC Santa Cruz Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS), the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority(VTA), as well as other County and Local municipalities, and many others in overall transportation improvement planning.


Designing transit service in Santa Cruz County provides challenges that are unique compared to the vast majority of the Nation's transit networks.  The mixture of rural and urban areas along with the dynamic geography, topographical landscape, and the diverse needs of our community are just some of these challenges that Santa Cruz METRO faces when planning transit service.


Santa Cruz METRO is always looking for new ideas on how to improve our system to meet the needs of the community. We encourage the members of our community to submit suggestions through the Customer Service Report feature or write to Santa Cruz METRO 110 Vernon St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Attn: Planning.

New 2013 Short Range Transit Plan

Santa Cruz METRO is in the process of drafting a new Short Range Transit Plan. The draft SRTP is available for public review, it includes analysis of our transit system and recomendations for: improvements to service, new captial projects, fleet management, fare media, public information materials, and other improvements over a 5 year time period. 


Santa Cruz METRO invites the public to participate in drafting the 2013 Short Range Transit Plan. The public is invited to comment on the draft SRTP. Please view and/or download the document by using the link below.  Comments are being accepted until mid March 2014. Please send any comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to the Planning Department at 110 Vernon Street Santa Cruz CA, 95060.


Draft Short Range Transit Plan


SRTP Cover Letter

Upcoming Service Changes

  •  Proposed Summer 2014 Service Changes

The Board of Directors will hold a public hearing regarding changes to Routes 74 and 77 on May 9, 2014 at 8:30AM. The location of the public hearing will be Santa Cruz METRO's Administration Building located at 110 Vernon St. Santa Cruz. CA 95060. Details of the planned changes will be posted soon.

Service Performance

Published Transit Plans & Studies

METRO Planning Partners

  • SCCRTC - Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission
  • AMBAG - Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
  • VTA - Valley Transit Authority (Santa Clara County)
  • MST - Monterey - Salinas Transit (Monterey County)
  • TAPS - Transportation and Parking Services (UC Santa Cruz)