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Introducing iridethebus.org, a transit guide for Santa Cruz

Did you know you can get to SFO by public transit, for just $10? This is only one example. Indeed, there are very few places you CAN'T get to by public transit. The problem is information. You'd need to contact three different transit agencies to plan a trip to the airport. The Metro Riders Union has a better answer: an easy, online transit guide geared to people who live in Santa Cruz.

Unlike a transit agency Web site, which only covers transit routes in one city or county, we are free to cover lots of different routes in lots of different places.

We hope that the site will grow and evolve. We plan to add leisure destinations like Big Sur, the North Coast, and the Napa Valley. (Bet you didn't know you could take transit to those places!) We also want to make the site more interactive. For now, you can post short questions, comments and suggestions to the public forum.

[ iridethebus.org | Paratransit Task Force ]

The Metro Riders Union is pleased to announce a new online transit guide for Santa Cruz. Just open your favorite Web browser and type iridethebus.org

We explain how to take transit to airports, major cities, and stores. Our printable, step-by-step itineraries include all the details: which buses and trains to use, how often they run, and how to buy tickets. Many of the itineraries are illustrated and have links to maps and attractions.

If you're used to driving, it may be hard to imagine taking transit, so we offer some pertinent advice. It takes longer, for example, so we mention amenities at the stations and on-board. You might lose an hour riding a bus and a train to San Francisco, but you could spend the time:

  • sleeping (the Highway 17 Express bus has plush, reclining seats with headrests and footrests);
  • enjoying a beer (Caltrain allows alcohol); or
  • watching a DVD on your laptop computer (new Caltrain cars have tables and electrical outlets).

On your way home, you might have to wait a half hour for the train. We let you know where you can grab a sandwich and use the restroom.

Unlike a transit agency Web site, which only covers transit routes in one city or county, we are free to cover lots of different routes in lots of different places.

Accessibility is an important feature of our Web site. We wanted everyone to be able to use the site, so we voluntarily followed the highest standards. The site is designed to be compatible with text-only browsers and speech readers.(Transit agency Web sites have to meet a basic federal accessibility standard, but many agencies don't bother.)

We hope that the site will grow and evolve. We plan to add leisure destinations like Big Sur, the North Coast, and the Napa Valley. (Bet you didn't know you could take transit to those places!)We also want to make the site more interactive. For now, you can post short questions, comments and suggestions to the public forum.

Please check out iridethebus.org and let us know what you think.

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any transportation provider. The Highway 17 Express bus picture that we've uploaded here to IndyMedia is just a useful visual signal, because most of the itineraries in our transit guide involve the Highway 17 Express.

 
 


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Re: Introducing iridethebus.org, a transit guide for Santa Cruz

Awesome website, thank you Santa Cruz Metro Riders Union!

A car on the capitol corridor amtrak train has wireless internet access.

The SJC airport can be reached for $5.50 each way from Santa Cruz.

For $90/month a highway 17 express bus pass can be purchased that is valid for the highway 17 express, all of the Santa Cruz Metro buses, and all of VTA and I think the light rail. The VTA express buses are half price with the pass.

When riding the BART always take a transfer, depending on the station you get off at they are good for one ride on AC Transit or VTA (half price for express buses) for the next 3 days.

I encourage more people to consider using public transit, hopefully the more people that use it the better it will become.
 

Re: Introducing iridethebus.org, a transit guide for Santa Cruz

WELL DONE! Good research. An excellent job!

As anti-pollution activism goes, this is far superior to waving signs and shouting slogans. I had no idea SJC was so affordable from here.

Keep up the good work!
tC
 

Re: Introducing iridethebus.org, a transit guide for Santa Cruz

The $5.50 route is now $5.75 to SJC from Santa Cruz is taking the Highway 17 Express to San Jose, take the Light Rail to Santa Clara (1st & Metro), and then the free airport shuttle.

The faster slightly more expensive option is to take the 17 express to the Caltrain to Santa Clara to the free airport shuttle.
 

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