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MTD Wants to Hear What You Think!

Santa Barbara MTD is conducting a Community Survey, seeking input from both bus riders and those who don't currently ride the bus. We need your valuable input in this 6 minute survey, and you can be entered to win a prize upon completion of the survey.

The MTD Board of Directors is also hosting 3 evening Community Listening Sessions in the month of October--we want to hear feedback on what you like, what you'd like to see change, and any general feedback on MTD's services.

To take the Community Survey and to get details on the Community Listening Sessions, click here.

MTD Launches Real-Time Bus Information with BusTracker Smartphone App, Text and Website

The free smartphone application is available in the Apple App Store for Apple devices and the Google Play Store for Android devices. It features a trip planner, the ability to locate nearby bus stops and routes, track current bus locations on a map, set up notifications, and bookmark favorite bus stops. These features are also available via any computer’s internet browser by visiting

In addition to smartphone and web access, individuals can receive information on bus arrival times via SMS text. To use this feature, users send a text with SBMTD and their stop number to 41411, and they will receive a text back with times for the next buses arriving at that bus stop. Bus stop numbers can be found in the MTD Schedule Guide on pages 17 through 26. Over the next few weeks, individual signs will be installed at bus stops with information on how to use the texting system. For example, by texting “SBMTD 1” to 41411, the user will receive real-time information on the next buses coming to Bus Stop number one, located at Modoc and Portesuello on Santa Barbara’s Westside.

To see a video about SBMTD BusTracker, click here.

Schedule Changes In Effect on August 21, 2017

2017 Schedule Guide CoverChanges to the MTD Schedule will begin effective Monday, August 21, 2017.

Schedule adjustments have been made on Lines 6, 11, 12x, 14, 15x, 20, 21x, 23, 24x & 25.

On weekday mornings, Lines 1 & 2 now run every 15 minutes.

The Downtown Shuttle will begin at 10am year round instead of 9am.

Minor routing changes have been made to Lines 23 & 25.

The complete schedule guide is available for download here.

New Fareboxes Installed

MTD has installed new fareboxes in our non-shuttle fleet. Here is an informational video on how to use the farebox and what to expect.

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