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Founded 1981
Headquarters One Ryan Ranch Road, Monterey, CA
Service area Cities of Carmel, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Seaside, and the County of Monterey, and Gonzales
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 36
Stations Monterey Transit Plaza
Salinas Transit Center
Edgewater Transit Exchange
Marina Transit Exchange
Watsonville Transit Center
Fleet 99
Web site

Monterey-Salinas Transit, or MST, provides bus service within Monterey County in California. Service is primarily to the greater Monterey and Salinas areas, but extends as far south as King City and Big Sur and as far north as Watsonville and San Jose. Most lines follow a hub-and-spoke system, originating at the Monterey Transit Plaza or the Salinas Transit Center, though some service also originates from the Edgewater Transit Exchange (in Sand City) and the Marina Transit Exchange. MST serves many local shopping areas, places of employment, tourist sites, government buildings, and residential neighborhoods.


Fare Structure

Fares are by zone. For passenger convenience, some areas "overlap" multiple zones.

A one-way, one-zone fare is currently $2.50, with transfers available at an additional $0.25. Discounted fares (approximately half-price) are available to individuals age 18 or under, individuals age 65 or over, individuals with disabilities, and Medicare cardholders. Children 46" and under ride free. Daily and monthly passes (for one zone or all zones) are available at various locations throughout the county, as are prepaid ticket books.

CSUMB is a fare-free zone; passengers boarding on campus ride free.

MST Service

MST currently operates 36 fixed-route lines, one demand-responsive transit services, free seasonal shuttles, and paratransit service. Supplemental service is offered on relevant lines during major events and is usually free for event ticketholders.

During the summer and select holidays, the MST Trolley (formerly known as the Waterfront Area Visitor Express, or WAVE), a free shuttle, serves Old Town Monterey, Cannery Row, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On September 2, 2008, MST introduced its Salinas Trolley, operating in downtown Salinas from 11 AM to 3 PM on weekdays during the WAVE Trolley's off-season.

MST's demand-responsive transit services cover areas away from its standard routes: MST On Call in Marina (with timed transfers at the Marina Transit Exchange).

MST Rides is a paratransit service available to persons who have a disability preventing them from using MST's regular fixed-route service. It operates under its own fare and zone structures.

Free onboard Wi-Fi service was added to MST Lines 23 Salinas—King City and 55 Monterey—San Jose Express on July 18, 2007. Wi-Fi service is also available at the Marina Transit Exchange and Edgewater Transit Exchange. MST's website offers online trip planning at and real-time passenger information using GPS bus tracking tells passengers when a bus is due to arrive at some of their transit centers. MST plans to introduce additional technology, such as "smart card fare payment to attract new riders.

Transit Connections

Lines 27, 28, and 29 connect to Santa Cruz Metro, which serves Santa Cruz County, at Watsonville Transit Center.

Salinas's Amtrak and Greyhound stations are located near the Salinas Transit Center; lines 29 and 49 and the Salinas Trolley will also stop at the Amtrak station upon request.

Line 55 connects to both Caltrain and VTA buses at the Gilroy, Morgan Hill, and San Jose Diridon Caltrain Stations. Diridon Station is also a station for ACE, Amtrak, and VTA light rail. Further, line 55 includes a stop at the San Jose Greyhound station. These connections link the Monterey Bay to Bay Area, state, and national transit networks. (Line 55 also serves as an Amtrak Thruway bus.)

Airport Connections

Monterey Peninsula Airport is served by both line 3 (Ryan Ranch - Monterey) and line 21 (Monterey-Salinas).

Marina Municipal Airport is served by MST On Call.

One can access San Jose International Airport by taking line 55 to San Jose and transferring to VTA light rail.

One can access San Francisco International Airport by taking line 55 to San Jose and transferring to Caltrain.

Bus Names

The MST busses have a variety of names that refer to patriotic, California, and local themes. These names include:

  • China Rock
  • Valley Forge
  • Golden State
  • Red, White & Blue
  • Bus #1803: Of Mice and Men

External links



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