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MTD Providing FREE Last Mile Shuttle Service to Serve Train Commuters in SB & Goleta

To help serve the influx of train commuters during the 101 closure, MTD is offering a FREE Shuttle serving the Santa Barbara & Goleta Train Stations, operating daily.

The SB Shuttle will pick up at the State & Yanonali shuttle stop on the Train Station side of State Street and will serve MTD's Downtown Transit Center. Two shuttles will serve the Goleta Station: one will run between the Goleta Station and Hollister at Palo Alto (Citrix Campus) & one will run between the Goleta Station and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.

All 3 shuttles will run beginning with the first northbound train arrival mid-morning until 7pm. The buses' headsigns will say "Special Shuttle".


Line 16 Back to Normal Routing as of January 22nd, 2018

The Line 16 SBCC Shuttle will begin to serve SBCC's West Campus starting on Monday, January 22nd due to the delayed start of SBCC's Spring Semester. Temporary stops at Pershing Park and on Loma Alta will no longer be served, but Line 16 service will resume at the Montecito and Rancheria stop.

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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