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  • Public Meeting for Regional Transit Service Recommendations

    NEWS RELEASE
    November 1, 2021
    Public Meeting for Regional Transit Service Recommendations
     
    Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) will host two in-person workshops to present its Short Range Transit Plan recommendations and discuss Unmet Transit Needs (UTN) with the public. The meetings will be held at the Santa Maria Public Library on Friday, November 19th, at 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Residents can also attend virtually.
     
    During the in-person workshops, residents will hear recommendations to the City’s transit plan for the next five years. A complete list of the proposed changes can be found at https://smatservicechange.com. Highlights include:

    • Every route starts at 6:30 a.m.
    • Most routes are on a 45-minute frequency.
    • All 45-minute routes sync at the Transit Center for ease of transfer.
    • Transfer points at Suey Crossing & Merrill Gardens (north end) and Crossroads Shopping Center/Walmart (south end of the community) will be synced for ease of transfer between routes in addition to the Transit Center.
    • Weekday schedules will be consistent with weekend schedules.
    “We would like to hear from the public about their needs to help guide the future of transit in Santa Maria,” said Gamaliel Anguiano, Transit Services Manager. “We also would like to know their thoughts on our recommendations to improve the current system as we continue to struggle with COVID-19 related staffing issues.”
     
    During the meetings, SMAT also hopes to identify any unmet public transit needs that may exist. An assessment is developed to ensure that all unmet transit needs that are "reasonable to meet" are met before transportation funds are expended by the City for non-transit uses, such as streets and roads.
     
    “An unmet transit need is a trip that is required but not currently provided within Santa Maria for residents who use or would use public transportation to meet life expectations such as to school, work, or shopping,” Anguiano said.
     
    The Santa Maria Public Library is located at 421 South McClelland Street in Santa Maria. The in-person workshops will be held in the Library’s Shepard Hall on the first floor.
     
    Seating will be limited to accommodate social distancing protocols and masks are required. Please do not attend if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
     
    To participate virtually in the 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. workshop, please register here:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Hhgh2U9nTHaEWdqVCQugRQ
     
    To participate virtually in the 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. workshop, please register here:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sAIHLcQnRIa1hPGrU69AeA
     
    To provide questions or comments before the meetings, please visit:
    https://smatservicechange.com/contact-us