MTD postpones cuts to bus route

Ryan Carmel, NewsChannel 3 This Morning Anchor & Weathercaster, rcarmel@keyt.com
POSTED: 01:02 PM PDT May 01, 2013    UPDATED: 08:54 AM PDT May 03, 2013 
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

MTD officials have decided to postpone the possible elimination of bus route 22 in Santa Barbara.

It's the route that goes from downtown to El Encanto Hotel and up to the Santa Barbara Mission.  It is the least popular route in the city.

MTD board members were considering changes to the route, including getting rid of it to save money.

The board got an earful from riders.

"These buses serve our children, our community and we need to be there for them," said Lissie Bellido from Santa Barbara.

But, the board voted to wait six months to look at other options and see if the new El Encanto Hotel will bring more riders.

The board also voted to add more buses to routes that serve University of California, Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College.