September 3, 2001
Metro bus service to go both ways starting September 13
By Louise Donahue
Riding the bus will be a little easier starting on September 13, when Metro launches
the new "Come & Go!" service with buses running in both directions
through the UCSC campus.
Santa Cruz Metro Transit District bus service has been carrying riders in one direction
only on campus, traveling in a counterclockwise direction by way of Hagar Drive to
McLaughlin and then to Heller, leaving through the West Gate. After September 13,
Metro buses will enter at both the main entrance and west gate.
|This bus stop on Hagar Drive near the bookstore is one of those widened to accommodate
expanded Metro service. Photo: Louise
"I think this is really going to help the flow of traffic," said Candice
Ward, of Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS), who serves as the liaison between
the campus and Santa Cruz Metro Transit District. She said that in addition to the
two-way buses, wider bus stops should prevent traffic backups behind buses.
Work crews have been busy during the summer widening several bus stops and realigning
the Hagar and McLaughlin intersection to allow the large Metro buses to turn right
onto Hagar from McLaughlin. The work was finished ahead of schedule.
Ward, a former bus driver and transit supervisor for SCMTD, rode along for a dry
run of the new routes. Everything went smoothly, she said. "SCMTD and TAPS staff
are adding the finishing touches to campus bus stops before students return to campus
for fall quarter. "Metro Come & Go" is the result of a great cooperative
effort between UCSC and the transit district, and we're excited about it."
Ward has been working closely with SCMTD to get out the word on the new service and
the renumbering of routes. Buses coming onto campus through the west gate will have
odd-numbered routes, while those using the main entrance will have even-numbered
These are the changes:
- High Street 1H will become Route 10
- Walnut Street 1W will become Route 13
- Laurel Street bus 1L will split, becoming Laurel Street West--Route 15, and Laurel
Street East--Route 16
- Lower Bay 1B will become Route 19
- Westside 1 (the westside express) becomes Route 20 Westside
- A new express bus, Route 22, will have limited stops, enter through the main
gate, and go around the perimeter to get riders to McLaughlin and Science Hill more
A new pocket-sized brochure outlining the routes will be distributed soon, and
passed out to students in the bookstore area before classes start and during the
first few days of classes, Ward said.
UCSC shuttle service will also increase, with 20 percent more capacity on the perimeter
route, said TAPS transit director Tracy Freeman. UCSC will also run extra shuttles
as riders become accustomed to the new Metro routes, and will monitor the situation
closely. "No one's going to get stranded," he said.
For additional information, the public may contact Candice Ward at (831) 459-5495
or firstname.lastname@example.org, Metro's Customer Service Department at (831) 425-8600, or
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