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  • Community Survey to Help Determine Transportation Needs

    Santa Maria, CA – The City of Santa Maria is conducting a community survey to better understand the transportation needs and habits of residents. Results of the survey will help pinpoint changes in demographics and demand and prepare the City to move into the future of public transit with defined strategies for growth and development.

    Both transit and non-transit riders are encouraged to participate in the survey, which began on November 29, 2018, and will run through mid-February. “Information from the survey will help us update our Short Range Transit Plan, which acts as a guide for the City’s public transit program,” said Austin O’Dell, the City’s Transit Services Manager. 

    The City mailed postcards to residents with details about the survey during the first week of December 2018. Those who did not receive or misplaced the postcard are still encouraged to participate in the survey (available in both English and Spanish) online at www.SantaMariaCommunitySurvey.com, by phone at 888-743-5977, or by picking up a paper survey at City Hall or local libraries. All survey participants will be entered for a chance to win a $25 VISA gift card. 

    “Santa Maria’s population is increasing at a pace faster than Santa Barbara County at-large,” said O’Dell, “This survey will help us determine the transportation needs of our growing community and how to best serve those needs in the future.” For more information about the City’s Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP), please visit https://santamariatransitplan.com. 

    The City of Santa Maria operates Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT), which provides eight fixed-routes serving Santa Maria, the community of Orcutt, and adjacent unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County seven days per week. Fixed-route service is supported by ADA complementary paratransit service. The City also operates the Breeze intercity service with two routes operating six days per week between Santa Maria, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Lompoc; and Santa Maria, Los Alamos, Buellton, and Solvang. The City also operates a seasonal Trolley program and staffs Cuyama Transit within unincorporated Santa Barbara County. For trip planning assistance or to make paratransit reservations, call SMAT at (805) 928-5624.

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