One of Santa Barbara’s great values is about to double in price. The little electric shuttles, with the black and blue sailboat symbol which are often adorned by decorative seasonal tops, are a familiar site on State Street; and up until now, they were only a quarter to ride! Due to the loss of Redevelopment Agency revenue, the Santa Barbara City council will vote today to double that fare.
According to today’s Agenda, “City and MTD staffs concur in recommending that the City Council and MTD Board increase the Downtown/Waterfront Shuttle fare from the current $0.25 fare for all riders, to a proposed $.50 fare with a $.25 half-fare for persons aged 62 or older and persons with disabilities. MTD’s staff estimates that this fare increase would generate approximately $75,000 in additional fare revenue annually.”
Downtown-Waterfront Electric Shuttle (805) 963-3366
The Downtown-Waterfront Shuttles provide frequent service along State Street and the Waterfront area. Shuttle buses and bus stops are marked with blue and black sailboat symbols and the shuttles travel on State Street from Sola Street to Stearns Wharf and along Cabrillo Boulevard. The shuttle fare is currently 25 cents one-way and children under 5 ride free. State Street service includes a stop every block and runs daily every 10 minutes between 10:15am and 6pm.