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MST Network Re-design

Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA)

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) is conducting a Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA). This includes re-evaluating where and how often the bus should run. A Draft Network Plan is now available for public review. This plan shows how service might change, starting in mid-2022.

Step 1: Analyzing the Network

In the spring of 2021, MST staff and consultants reviewed MST’s array of public transportation services, evaluated their performance, and consulted the public on its priorities through surveys, rider focus groups, and stakeholder meetings. This process resulted in the Choices Report, which details existing conditions and explains the key trade-offs in making changes to MST’s network of bus lines.

Step 2: Re-designing the Network

Based on the input received in Step 1, the MST Board of Directors’ Operations Performance Committee directed staff and consultants to redesign the network to focus a little more on ridership and a little less on coverage and to prioritize the travel needs of people in low-income communities. The Draft Network Plan includes:

  • Bus lines that are more frequent and more direct.
  • Free, timed transfers for faster local and regional travel.
  • More people and jobs near transit.
  • A few places would lose service.

Want to learn more?

Draft Network Maps

Existing Network

Existing Network – Regional

Map of Draft Plan – Peninsula, Seaside, Marina, and Salinas

Map of Draft Plan – Regional

Draft Plan – Salinas only, with explanations | Español

Draft Plan – Peninsula, Seaside, and Marina with explanations | Español

Draft Plan – Regional Lines with explanations | Español

How Timed Transfers Would Work | Español

Frequency Table | Español

Change in Average Travel Times

Read the full Draft Network Plan report


Three Funding Scenarios

The Draft Network Plan is based on MST’s best estimate of future financial and human resources, but some uncertainty remains coming out of the pandemic. The plan includes three scenarios to help deal with this reality.

  • The Medium Scenario matches MST’s budget and workforce targets for FY 2022-2023. This scenario is the primary target for implementation.
  • The Low Scenario assumes that either MST’s financial resources are lower than expected, or that insufficient workforce is available to operate at full capacity.
  • The High Scenario– assumes that MST’s financial resources are higher than expected, either because voters pass a new sales tax including 1/8-cent for service increases, or due to another similarly-sized new source of funding.


Watch the Community Meeting Presentation from October 13, 2021

English-speaking presentation and Q&A

Presentación y preguntas y respuestas en Español


What’s next?

The MST Board of Directors Operations and Performance Committee will receive a presentation on community feedback received from the survey and community meeting at their regular meeting on Monday, December 13, 2021. This meeting is open to the public. Details can be found at https://mst.org/about-mst/board-of-directors/board-meetings/ Check back here for updates!

Latest Project Presentations and Updates

Click here to learn more about the overall process

August 16, 2021 Board Operations Performance Committee

June 7, 2021 Community Meeting on Choices Report

May 27, 2021

May 8, 2021


Project Contact: scampi@mst.org