Marsha McLean | Take advantage of Santa Clarita’s public transit services!

With so many wonderful events and engaging programs happening across our city this summer, Santa Clarita Transit can get you where you need to go, all at an affordable price. Whether using GO! Santa Clarita, new bike lockers or getting ready for the Summer Beach Bus, we have something for everyone.

I am pleased to announce the expansion of our GO! Santa Clarita carpool service throughout the city and on weekends. These clean, air-conditioned buses offer our residents and riders the freedom and flexibility of a traditional ride-sharing service, like Uber or Lyft. Offering the benefits of fixed rates and professional drivers, GO! Santa Clarita is easy and safe to use. Users simply download the free TripShot app on iOS or Android, enter their desired pickup and drop-off locations, and book their ride. Once users are at the designated pickup location, they can pay by boarding the bus using cash, a TAP card, or the Token Transit app. All rides cost $2 each way, with discounted fares of $1 for eligible passengers.

To make this service even more user-friendly, riders can track their bus in real time and receive alerts when it is about to arrive. If you don’t have the app, you can request rides by calling 661-295-6333. The aim is to provide service within 15 minutes of request, but with expanding service areas, wait times may take a little longer. The service is available Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Be sure to use this safe and accessible service to access your favorite businesses, restaurants and Metrolink stations. or even urban events like the SENSES Block Party.

The city is excited to offer our new smart bike lockers for our residents commuting to work or train stations. These upgraded lockers use GPS technology, which allows residents to see the community’s four locker rental locations and the lockers available at each site. Locations are conveniently located at Newhall Metrolink Station, Santa Clarita City Hall, Santa Clarita Metrolink Station, and Via Princessa Metrolink Station. In early 2023, we are excited to launch the fifth location at Vista Canyon Transit Center, which will offer 18 new lockers. Not only are these bike lockers easily accessible, they are also affordable. Users can rent lockers by downloading the Movatic app, choosing the desired locker and entering the payment location. For each rental period, the first 12 hours are free then $1 every two hours thereafter. Bike safety is our top priority, so to ensure your bike is protected from the elements, all lockers are fully enclosed and can only be unlocked using the app.

Heading into the warmer months, nothing says summer more than escaping the heat and hitting the beach for some fun in the sun! I am pleased to announce the return of the Summer Beach Bus. This family-friendly service flies residents to and from Santa Monica on Saturdays and Sundays, June 4 through September 4. The fare is only $3 per ride for children and adults and $1.50 per ride for seniors and people with disabilities. Get ready to pack all your surfboards, coolers, beach chairs and more as you enjoy the cool, air-conditioned trip to the beach, all without worrying about hassles and parking fees! Routes depart from across the city, and residents can pay with cash, bus passes, or using the Token Transit mobile app.

I hope you all enjoy the excellent service that Santa Clarita Transit provides our residents. If you would like to learn more about any of the transit services or would like to obtain routes and schedules, please visit santaclaritatransit.com.

Marsha McLean is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at [email protected].

Melvin Z. Madore