Santa Cruz Metro

Santa Cruz Metro

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Santa Cruz Metro’s board gave a green light to seek grants for adding electric buses to its fleet, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.

Metro currently shoulders a structural shortfall of $11 million coming out of the economic downturn in 2009 and is in the process of raising fares and reducing service. The agency hopes to help resolve its deficit by going after grants instead of using its own funds.

Metro leaders honored bus driver Pedro Garcia, who swerved to avoid hitting a toddler walking back and forth between the lanes, trapped like a deer in headlights, during the dark early morning hours.

The boy, who was reported missing, wandered out of a nearby apartment. For the full story, click here.

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