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Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD)

MTD Image General Information
The Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) is our local bus service, from North Goleta to Carpinteria. The primary drop off and pickup point at UCSB is the bus loop (North Hall stop) located southwest of the Student Affairs and Administrative Services (SAASB) building.

COMING FALL 2015! Enhanced service between Isla Vista and UCSB on MTD’s 12x and 24x bus lines.

Choose a Bus Pass

  • Students
    UCSB students can ride the MTD buses anywhere between Goleta and Carpinteria at no cost, upon presentation of a student ID and a current UCSB registration sticker. Visit the Registrar‘s office (at 1101 SAASB ) or the A.S. Ticket office (at 1535 UCen , across from Corwin Pavilion) to pick up a registration sticker each quarter.
  • Faculty/Staff
    Faculty and staff who are on the UCSB payroll at least four months into the future and do not own a parking permit may qualify for a discounted unlimited 30-day bus pass from TAP. Visit our Discounted Bus Pass page to learn how to obtain these passes.
  • Visitors
    If you do not qualify for a discounted bus pass from UCSB, you can purchase a discounted 10-ride or 30-day Adult bus pass from the MTD. MTD passes are sold on campus at the UCSB Bookstore Customer Service counter. See the MTD’s Where to Buy Passes page to view all sales locations.
Schedules and More Information
For more information about fares, schedules and destinations, visit MTD Santa Barbara online or call the MTD Transit Center at (805) 963-3366. Bus schedules are available at the TAP office and from the MTD Transit Center at 1020 Chapala Street in downtown Santa Barbara.

Trip Planner
MTD Santa Barbara features a Google Trip Planner on its home page, which you may find useful in plotting your bus commutes to and from UCSB. Try it!