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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, August 26, 2011

New Commuter Bus Service from Ventura to Santa Barbara and Goleta Starts Monday, August 29th

Three Free Days of Service

The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments will launch a new commuter bus service from Ventura to major employment centers in Santa Barbara and Goleta beginning Monday, August 29.


The Coastal Express Limited will offer shorter trip times and will serve areas currently without commuter bus service from Ventura, including upper State St. in Santa Barbara and West Hollister in Goleta. “Customers have been asking for commuter bus service that gets right on the freeway and heads straight to where they work,” explained Jim Kemp, SBCAG Executive Director, “The Coastal Express Limited service will save riders time and reduce the stress of driving and best of all, commuters can try it for free next week.“

From August 29 through August 31, the Coastal Express Limited service will be free to commuters traveling from Ventura to their jobs in Santa Barbara and Goleta. The pick up location is at the Ventura County Government Center on Thille St., with drop off locations in downtown Santa Barbara and along the Hollister corridor in Goleta. The service is being operated by MTD in partnership with SBCAG.

“The demand for commuter bus service in the 101 corridor is more than we can currently meet, so we’re excited we’ve been able to secure funding for a pilot program that will bring faster trips, service to new areas, and help reduce congestion on the freeway” said Kemp. Complete schedule and fare information is available on the Coastal Express Limited website at sbmtd.gov/coastal or by calling 883-4276.

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