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4th Annual Santa Cruz METRO Independence Day Celebration 2015

Effective: Jul 04 2015

Join Santa Cruz METRO in celebrating Independence Day Parades in BOTH Watsonville and Scotts Valley!

Spirit of Watsonville 2015 Parade

  • Participants can ride the bus from Operations at its departure time of 10:30a, or meet at the Watsonville Transit Center around 11:15a to help decorate the bus and Para-Cruz van.
  • The bus will depart the Transit Center one hour prior to parade start time for staging line-up.
  • Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade begins at 2:00p.

City of Scotts Valley Parade

  • Participants can ride the bus from Operations at its departure time of 12:00p, or meet at the Scotts Valley Cavallaro Transit Center around 12:30p to help decorate the bus and Para-Cruz van.
  • The bus will depart the Transit Center one hour prior to parade start time for staging line-up.
  • The City of Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade starts at 3:00p.

See you there!

Notice of Public Outreach Meetings: Watsonville Transit Center (WTC)

Effective: Jul 08 - Jul 17 2015

Santa Cruz METRO, in association with the City of Watsonville, will be holding the 2nd round of outreach meetings to gain feedback from the public on the desired design and vision of the WTC and its place in the Downtown Watsonville community.  Meetings will be held on the following dates:


July 8th, 2015 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Watsonville Transit Center, 475 Rodriguez Street
July 8th, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Civic Plaza Community Room (4th floor), 275 Main Street
July 17th, 2015 from 2:00-7:00pm at the Watsonville Farmer’s Market

Please see our Watsonville Transit Center Project page for more details.

Amtrak Highway 17 Express Fare and Pass Increases

See Route Schedule: 17     See Route Map: 17    

Effective: Sep 10 2015

  • Increase of Base Fare (Cash) from $5 to $7
  • Increase of 31-Day Pass from $113 to $145
  • Increase of Day Pass from $10 to $14
  • Increase of Discount Fare from $2.50 to $3.50
  • Discontinuation of 5-Day Pass (will no longer valid as of 9/10/2015)
  • Introduction of a new 15-Ride pass for $94.50

ParaCruz Service Change and Fare Increase

Effective: Sep 10 2015

METRO ParaCruz Service Days and Hours will be changing:

The days and hours that paratransit service operates will change to reflect the days and hours that METRO local fixed route bus service operates in same area (excluding Amtrak Highway 17 Express).

  • If fixed route bus service operates limited trips, paratransit service will be available only during the times when those fixed route bus trips are operating
  • Weekend and holiday paratransit service will only be provided when and where local fixed-route bus service is operating

METRO ParaCruz Fares will be changing:

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  • Fixed Route Bus Equivalent Fares
    • If a fixed route passenger needs to board one bus to get to ther idestination, they would pay a single one-way fare ($2)
    • If a fixed route passenger needs to board two buses to get to their destination, they would pay two one-way fares ($4)
  • Paratransit Fares
    • A Reservationist will inform the paratransit passenger of the exact fare at the time of booking the ride, based on the following criteria:
    • If a paratransit passenger’s ride is equivalent to a single fixed route bus fare, they would pay a paratransit base fare ($4)
    • If a paratransit passenger’s ride is equivalent to two or more fixed route bus fares, they would pay a paratransit base fare plus an additional $2 ($6 maximum)
  • Premium Fares
    • For will-call returns, a paratransit passenger will pay twice the $4 base fare ($8)
    • For a re-dispatched vehicle, a paratransit passenger will pay four times the $4 base fare ($16)

For additional information call METRO ParaCruz at (831) 425-4664, or email paracruz@scmtd.com

 Quarterly Service Updates

Summer Service Jul 2, 2015 - Sep 9, 2015

Route 3 - Mission / Natural Bridges

See Route Schedule: 03     See Route Map: 03    

Weekends:  For summer service only, Route 3 has altered routing in order to avoid weekend beach traffic.  This route will not serve the Beach/Boardwalk area.

Route 68 - Live Oak via Broadway/Portola

See Route Schedule: 68     See Route Map: 68    

Weekends: For the summer bid only, Route 68 has altered its routing in order to avoid weekend beach traffic.  This route will now use Broadway between Front Street and Ocean Street instead of San Lorenzo Blvd.  

Route 69 - Capitola Road / Cabrillo / Watsonville

See Route Schedule: 69A 69W     See Route Map: 69A 69W    

Weekday: New runtime tables have been developed that affect most trips.

Route 71 - Santa Cruz / Watsonville

See Route Schedule: 71     See Route Map: 71    

Daily: For the summer only, the last departure will now go into service at 11:35 PM at the Boardwalk (stop: Cliff and Beach) before continuing to Santa Cruz Metro Center for the regularly scheduled 11:45 PM departure.  

Weekday: New timetables have been developed that affect most trips.

Route 91X - Commuter Express Santa Cruz / Watsonville

See Route Schedule: 91X     See Route Map: 91X    

Weekday: New runtime tables have been developed that affect most trips.

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