FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
16 November 2012
JAZZ BUS STOPS ON N. FREMONT AND IN DOWNTOWN MONTEREY OPEN SATURDAY
With construction nearing completion on MST’s JAZZ bus rapid transit stops on North Fremont St. in Monterey and in downtown Monterey, the first grouping of new JAZZ stops will open for service on Saturday, November 17. All JAZZ stops located along the route between Monterey Transit Plaza and Fremont & Ramona will be open with the exception of one eastbound MST bus stop at the intersection of Fremont & Aguajito next to Monterey Peninsula College (MPC). This stop is still under construction and is expected to open in approximately three weeks. Passengers at this location are asked to continue using the bus stop at the MPC library for eastbound service until this stop opens. Bus stops on North Fremont that were temporarily being served by the JAZZ line will continue to be served by JAZZ A, B & C until December 1. Beginning December 1, JAZZ buses will serve only JAZZ stops along the North Fremont Corridor in Monterey. Other MST buses will continue to serve all stops (both JAZZ and non-JAZZ) in this area. No changes to MST bus service will occur at this time along the Fremont Corridor within the city of Seaside.
Also open for service is the newly renovated Sand City Station.
JAZZ bus stops in New Monterey along Lighthouse and Foam streets are expected to open in the next three weeks (weather permitting) and construction along Fremont St. in the city of Seaside is anticipated to begin next month.
Funded entirely by a federal transit grant and state transportation bonds this construction work is part of MST’s infrastructure upgrades along the Fremont / Lighthouse corridor in the cities of Monterey, Seaside and Sand City. Another component of this project – traffic signal upgrades and synchronization – is funded in part by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and will benefit both buses and motorists alike when activated next year. The public’s patience is appreciated as these improvements are being made. Every effort is being made to keep traffic delays at a minimum, while ensuring the safety of construction workers along the corridor.
Customers with questions should call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1.