Passenger capacity limits to increase on Santa Barbara city buses

Posted at 5:20 PM, May 21, 2020

More people will be allowed to ride all Santa Barbara City buses starting Friday, but face coverings are still required.

Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District officials expect more people to ride now that the county is moving into the later stages of phase 2.

Fifteen passengers will be allowed on a 40-foot bus and 10 passengers will be allowed on a 30-foot bus, which is still less than half of a fully-seated bus load.

Bus drivers can pass a person waiting at a bus stop if the number of passengers on board has already reached the limit.