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MTD reduces bus service due to school closures

MTD Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara MTD will be lowering service levels on several lines, in light of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic starting Thursday.

All MTD fixed-route bus service will also be free of charge until further notice.

Passengers without disabilities will be directed to use the rear door of the vehicle to minimize contact with bus operators at the front door and farebox area. Passengers using mobility devices or who need the ramp will be allowed to board and alight from the front door of the vehicle. 

This service level mimics the service level provided during Spring Break, when SBCC, UCSB, and Santa Barbara Unified School District are all closed.

Transit Center facilities will still be operating on normal business hours, but no walk-up sales or person-to-person transactions of any kind will be available.

If you have questions, you can call 805-963-3366, email, or contact the agency through its Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts - all @santabarbaramtd. 

Additionally, effective Thursday, MTD’s administrative office reception area at 550 Olive Street will be closed to visitors. Customers needing to make bulk pass purchases may do so upon appointment only.

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Genelle Padilla

Genelle Padilla is the co-anchor of KCOY 12 Central Coast News evening newscasts and co-anchor of KKFX My Fox 11 news at 10 p.m.