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Monterey-Salinas Transit: What to do when bike racks on buses are full, or when there’s no rack on an MST trolley. Plus many more MST tips!
Sometimes you may want to take your bike on a Monterey-Salinas Transit trolley. For example, you may find a trolley is serving the route between Hartnell College Main and Alisal campuses in Salinas.
Or you may want to skip traffic by taking the regularly scheduled trolleys going between downtown Monterey and the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row.
What to do if there’s no bike rack on the trolley? Yes, there was a rack on the trolley pictured above on Cannery Row, but often MST trolleys don’t have bike racks. What to do if there isn’t a rack?
And besides trolleys without bike racks, what to do when—on any small or large MST bus, or trolley—the bike rack is full?
At the driver’s discretion, you may take your bicycle inside the trolley or bus. If you do, it’s important to (1) keep a firm grip on your bicycle and (2) keep your bike out of the aisle.
Why “at the driver’s discretion”?
Sometimes a driver knows that on that particular route, they will soon have, for example, someone boarding with a wheelchair, or a large number of passengers boarding, which would result in the bus being crowded.
More tips on taking a
bicycle on an MST bus, or trolley
Among tips in the guide is where to locate bike-related info on mst.org, i.e., MST Transit Tips has details about bicycles on buses (including restrictions regarding size and weight, e-bikes, gas-powered bikes, etc.) as well as bike loading instructions for using the MST bike racks.
Loading your bike on an MST bike rack is far easier than many people think.
And you bet, bicycles ride MST free (with a paying passenger).
Bicycling Monterey’s bike-and-ride section also provides tips about MST bicycle lockers at the Marina Transit Exchange and Salinas Transit Center.
Emergency Ride Home
Are you hesitant to bike-and-ride MST to work, or just ride MST to work without your bike, or even just bike to work—because you’re worried about the unexpected? As noted in Bicycling Monterey’s bike-and-ride section (and on Bicycling Monterey’s 32-section main resources page too): if you take MST or other “alternative transportation,” such as a bicycle, even one day a week, check out the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s Emergency Ride Home program.
Contact MST with your input
Bicycling Monterey appreciates every way that Monterey-Salinas Transit supports bicycling. Besides having bicycle racks on some trolleys and on all small and large buses—except the ADA Paratransit (RIDES) buses, it’s a possibility that more trolleys may get bike racks in the future too.
Let MST know if you’d find it helpful to have bike racks on all the trolleys. With trolley service extended, having bike racks on all trolleys just might motivate more people to bike-and-ride MST rather than driving a personal vehicle.
Think MST only travels within Monterey County? Wrong!
Check out the MST Route List and you’ll find, e.g., express service north to Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County as well as express service to San Jose in Santa Clara County. And since September 3, 2016, service south into San Luis Obispo County goes beyond Paso Robles all the way to Templeton; see details in 9/3/16 service changes. Such route changes are a great reason to check the MST news section now and then.
And that’s not all! As…
this Australian mom and son…
and these San Francisco Bay Area friends know…
Learn about San Mateo County, San Francisco, East Bay, Sacramento, and other connections, plus Amtrak and Greyhound connections. Visit MST’s Transit Connections page.
You may be surprised how far you can go using a variety of public transit, thanks to MST’s connections. Many if not all of those transit providers accommodate bicycles too; check with each provider to confirm, and for their details.
Special thanks to Zoe Shoats of Monterey-Salinas Transit for confirming the accuracy of Bicycling Monterey’s MST tips.
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The bike-and-ride section of Bicycling Monterey’s Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide includes many MST tips.
Some MST posts on Bicycling Monterey
June 1-Aug 31: 18 or under? No car, no worries. A bike and $38 will get you nearly everywhere you need to go, thanks to MST’s Summer Youth GoPass
All photos in this post were taken by Mari Lynch. All photos, text, and other material on this site are protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws.