UCSC Students Embrace METRO’s Articulated Buses
Santa Cruz METRO and UC-Santa Cruz shared the success of their Articulated Buses Pilot Project in increasing METRO ridership by university students, reducing bus overcrowding and lessening route “pass-bys” during peak demand. Three articulated buses have been in use by METRO on five routes that serve UCSC and the Coastal Science Campus during Winter and Spring quarters. Articulated buses can carry up to 100 passengers — 40 passengers more than standard 40-foot METRO buses — without significantly increasing METRO operating costs. Pending UCSC funding availability, this pilot project could be continued for the 2018-19 school year.