SANTA BARBARA –Santa Barbara MTD has begun a complete renovation of its Downtown Santa Barbara Transit Center, having started installing temporary facilities in July 2019. The project is expected to last until around March 2020.
The official transition to the temporary facilities in the adjacent parking lot and the closure of the existing Transit Center and bus driveway is expected to take place over the weekend of September 7th and 8th. Starting on Sunday, September 8th, buses will be loading and unloading at the new zone locations, and all customer service functions will be handled out of the temporary ticket booth and ticket vending machines in the corner of City Parking Lot 3 along Chapala Street. ADA-accessible portable restrooms will also be available for passengers.
These facilities and services will be open to the public during regular Transit Center hours and will be locked after hours. MTD bus service will remain in full effect throughout the project, but temporary loading zones will be used along Chapala and Figueroa Streets.
The project consists of a complete renovation of the Transit Center building interior, much of the building exterior, exterior loading platform, curbs, driveway, lighting, and landscaping.
City Parking Lot 3 will remain in operation for the duration of the project.
To sign up for project updates or to get further project details, visit MTD’s dedicated project website at www.sbmtd.gov/tc