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Santa Cruz Metro & UCSC Shuttle Service


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In-Between stopping over at Monterey-Salinas Transit, I visited Santa Cruz Metro, a quiet but interesting system that serves Santa Cruz County with 34 bus lines including eight lines that operate between Santa Cruz Metro Center & the University of California at Santa Cruz Campus. The majority of SC Metro’s fleet are New Flyer C40LFs with a mixture of Orion V & New Flyer CNG suburbans as well as Diesel Gillig Phantoms and New Flyer D40LFs.

 

Outside the Santa Cruz Metro Center is #2208, a 2002 New Flyer C40LF on an unknown route:

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Returning from a nearly 90 minute trip between Watsonville & Santa Cruz is #2601 complete with bike on rack:

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Another school only route, Route 70 operates between Santa Cruz & Cabrillo College on weekdays only. Holding down this line this day was Gillig Phantom #9839, whose driver is waiting for a green light out of the Metro center:

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Among the newest in service are a batch of New Flyer C40LFs numbered in the 2800 series. This series is a split order with a mix of standard and suburban coaches used for the Highway 17 Express. Here is #2810 arriving at the Watsonville Transit Center:

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Note: I didn’t see any flyer higher that 2810 as far as standard buses go so I believe the last batch are suburbans.

 

Santa Cruz Metro also operates two batch of 35 foot New Flyers, one set of diesels, another of CNG, here is #2222 on layover at Watsonville Transit Center:

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Gillig Phantom #9833, my ride to the University of California at Santa Cruz at the Metro Center shortly before departure:

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New Flyer #9819 is seen pulling away from the first westbound stop at UCSC with a rack full of bikes:

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Too full of bikes to identify, a New Flyer C40LF navigates the tree lined road to Laurel West campus on Route 15, one of four school term only lines:

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Returning to San Jose via Highway 17 express, here is Orion V Suburban #2308 at the San Jose Diridon Transit Center where Amtrak, Caltrain and several VTA bus lines converge:

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Now for the real fun. UCSC operates a shuttle service under Loop East & Loop West. The college uses a mixture of mini buses and oddballs including five Ex-Santa Clara VTA Flxible Metros. Believing the numbers correspond with their former VTA existence, here is a few photographs taken of the two in service while I was there:

 

UCSC Flxible Metro #35 (Ex-VTA #9235) leaving the shuttle layover at the edge of the campus:

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Here is #65 (Ex-VTA #9265) being operated by a student with the sign flipping between Go Sharks!!:

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Lastly is #16 (Ex-VTA #9216) in need of a bath and new bumper:

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Videos:

 

Santa Cruz Metro New Flyer C40LF #2238: Cummins C Gas Plus/Allison B400R:

 

 

Santa Cruz Metro Gillig Phantom #9833: Cummins M11/Allison B440R:

 

 

Santa Cruz Metro New Flyer D40LF #9819: Detroit Diesel Series 50/Allison B400R:

 

 

Santa Cruz Metro Orion V Suburban #2304: Cummins C Gas Plus/Allison B400R:

 

 

A pair of Metro New Flyers outside UCSC:

 

 

UCSC:

 

The battle between opera and a Cummins engine ensures:

 

 

Flxible Metro C #65: Cummins M11/Voith:

 

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