Santa Barbara MTD Seeks Public Input

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Santa Barbara MTD is hosting a set of public outreach meetings this April, and is inviting the public to take a brief survey giving feedback on proposed service changes to local bus service. These meetings are held annually in the spring to receive input on the proposed changes that would go into effect on August 20, 2018.

The current proposal includes a route change to the Line 15x, which serves as an express route between Isla Vista/UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College. The proposed change would reroute the Line 15x off of the Mesa and would circle around the SBCC main campus. The route would travel in a consistent one-way direction all day from UCSB toward Isla Vista and Camino Real Marketplace, rather than reversing in the afternoon as it currently does. There is also a proposal to make schedule adjustments related to the SBCC/UCSB school calendar. 

Lines 20 and 21x currently serve Carpinteria, but due to increased congestion and construction on Highway 101 in recent years, the Line 21x (meant to be an express) can sometimes take longer than the Line 20. For this reason, MTD proposes to improve frequency on the Line 20 by suspending the Line 21x service and reallocating its resources to the Line 20. This reallocation is expected to remain until the Highway 101 HOV lanes are operational. This means that while midday frequency on the Line 20 would remain at 40 minutes, frequencies in the morning and late afternoon peak times will improve to 15 and 30 minutes. 

The proposal also includes minor changes to the schedules of Lines 7, 10, and 27 to improve on-time performance. 

The public is invited to learn more and to give feedback via an online survey that explains all the proposed changes at

Community meetings will be held at the following locations and times, and Spanish/English interpretation will be provided:

Tuesday, April 10th at 6pm
Goleta Valley Community Center, Room 1
5679 Hollister Avenue, Goleta
Wednesday, April 11th at 6pm
Carpinteria Library Multipurpose Room
5141 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria
Monday, April 16th at 6pm
MTD Administrative Offices, John G. Britton Auditorium
550 Olive Street, Santa Barbara
Tuesday, April 17th at 12pm
Santa Barbara City College, Administration Building Room A162
721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara

In addition to the four meetings listed above, a presentation on the proposed changes will be given at the April 24th meeting of the Isla Vista Community Services District Board of Directors. The meeting begins at 6:00pm.

For questions on proposed service changes, the public may contact Santa Barbara MTD at 805-963-3364 or email

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Luvaduck Apr 04, 2018 04:47 PM
Santa Barbara MTD Seeks Public Input

There's no service at all from the big north Patterson housing areas except h.s. runs. Closest bus is a mile away and doesn't cross the freeway to downtown Goleta where there are connecting routes. If that bus ran up Fairview, across C.O. and down Patterson, they'd pick up riders. Currently there's <no> connection to USCB, La Cumbre or the airport. If other areas are similarly "served" no wonder there's a problem with ridership. No one's going to walk a mile and a half and cross major intersections with 101--both ways--unless they have at least a half day to contribute to the trip--each way!

a-1566702680 Apr 04, 2018 01:55 PM
Santa Barbara MTD Seeks Public Input

Some months ago, I boarded a bus at La Cumbre and Hollister to return to my downtown apt. Following a visit with my son. Everything was fine until the bus pulled over and the driver told me there is no service from the spot he stopped at and my apt. I walked home in the dark. It was scary.

Factotum Apr 03, 2018 04:00 PM
Santa Barbara MTD Seeks Public Input

MTD drivers going out on a sympathy strike for fellow union bus drivers elsewhere in this state a few years ago left a bad taste in people's mouths. They did not mind inconveniencing everyone here, in order to support for union solidarity some place else. That was low blow.

Yeti Apr 03, 2018 03:45 PM
Santa Barbara MTD Seeks Public Input

It will be interesting to see what direction things go at MTD. With ridership down over 17% in the past few years and a big budget deficit, something big has to change to float their boat. It is hard to imagine gaining that ridership back. Making up the difference will have to come from forcing the city to give them more money or dramatically raising fares. Either way, there is pain to come.

a-1566702680 Apr 03, 2018 03:40 PM
Santa Barbara MTD Seeks Public Input

It is good to tell the MTD people what you think, but keep in mind that they have no money for new routes. They already have a wish list of proposed routes, and none of them will be funded in the foreseeable future. So, tell MTD anything you want them to know--they do listen, and can make adjustments in various ways. But don't expect more service, overall.

Factotum Apr 04, 2018 02:59 PM
Santa Barbara MTD Seeks Public Input

Why do we hear from every single public agency that "they have no money". Yet we also see lavish salaries and perks for those very same people. In fact public agencies do have the money. They are merely allocating it for themselves; and not public services. How do we change that?

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