Category Archives: Metro

Monday is Earth Day, workers encouraged to ‘Skip the Commute’

Each Earth Day, workers who drive to their place of business are encouraged to seek other means to commute, such as carpooling, riding the bus or their bike. This year, the push is on for folks to telecommute, if they … Continue reading

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Vacant seat on Metro Advisory Committee

The Metro Advisory Committee has a seat that needs to be filled. The committee consists of 11 members, each are appointed by the Santa Cruz Metro Board of Directors. It meets at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month … Continue reading

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Installing stop signs not always the answer

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I avoid driving the most convenient route out of my Santa Cruz neighborhood because the intersections at Liberty and Gharkey streets, and Liberty and Santa Cruz streets, have no stop signs. City public works gave an … Continue reading

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A car-free weekend trip from Santa Cruz to San Francisco

Editor’s note: Today’s column comes from Piet Canin, vice president of Ecology Action, a Santa Cruz-based non-profit that helps businesses, communities and individuals reach economic and environmental sustainability. An experienced cyclist who’s versed in 50 mile rides on his bicycle, … Continue reading

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Come one, come all to the MetroBase operations building groundbreaking Friday

If you are in the area of 1200 River Street around noon Friday, Oct. 26. There will be a little celebration going on and you are invited to join in. Santa Cruz Metro will break ground on the last of … Continue reading

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Ride the bus to the County Fair

The Santa Cruz County Fair begins today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Metro and Metro ParaCruz can take you there. The fair, which has been bringing carnival rides, games, farm animals, cotton candy, agriculture and entertainment to South County since 1941, … Continue reading

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Dump the Pump, ride the bus Thursday, you never know, you may like it

Thursday is Dump the Pump Day, a day commuters are asked to leave their personal vehicle at home and take public transit. Started in 2006 when gas prices were hovering around $3 per gallon, Dump the Pump Day tried to … Continue reading

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Why’s that Metro bus impeding traffic in the left lane at Highway 17, Highway 9 interchange, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I want to shed light on a daily situation and ask, ‘is it standard operating procedure?’ On a daily basis the Santa Cruz Metro Highway 17 buses will enter the fast lane immediately after the left … Continue reading

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Reducing your carbon footprint

Guilty. That was the verdict six impartial jury members, which included County Supervisor Mark Stone and cycling activist Charlie Dixon, rendered Saturday against the automobile and its crimes against humanity and the Earth. As part of International Day of Climate … Continue reading

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Ridership up for Highway 17 Express bus

     For some people, the thought of taking a trip over-the-hill on Highway 17 is a jaw clenching, white knuckle experience.      But for the hundreds of people who take the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transportation District’s Highway 17 Express buses … Continue reading

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