|Walk/bike/drive||Pacific Station (Metro Center)|
|920 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz|
|Metro 71 bus or 69W bus||Outlook Shopping Center||1 hour||$1.50||15-60 min|
|Main St&Ohlone Pkwy, Watsonville|
|Total travel time||1 hour|
|Latest departure time||11:45 PM|
|Latest return time||9:30 PM|
Bus riders from Santa Cruz can easily get to suburban stores like Target.
You will use the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District Route 71 via Clifford or Route 69W bus to get from Santa Cruz to Target, which is in Watsonville. Santa Cruz Metro has clean, comfortable buses. You can bring food on board.
The bus leaves from Lane 4 of Pacific Station (Metro Center). This lane is on the far side of the transit center. Be alert, because the bus can stop anywhere along the lane. Check the destination sign or listen for the automated announcement to make sure that you are getting on a 71 via Clifford or 69W bus. Avoid all other buses, including other variants of the 71 and 69.
Note: The online and paper schedules for the 71 bus are confusing. Trips via Clifford have entries in the row (online) or column (paper) that’s labeled
“Clifford & Pennsylvania”. This is the only way to find trips that go to Target.
You will be getting off on Main Street, at the corner of Ohlone Parkway / Clifford Avenue. The automated announcement system will announce the stop. If you are on the 69W bus, it’s the second stop in Watsonville. If you are on the 71 bus, your bus will go down a small street with houses and apartments (Clifford Avenue) and then make a left turn onto a major road (Main Street). Target is part of the Overlook Shopping Center, which is large, modern, and easily recognizable.
The bus stop is on the same corner as the Overlook Shopping Center. To reach Target, thread your way through the parking lot, heading forward and to the left.
|Ramsay Park||Picnic place||To the left of Target, and down the hillside|
|Albertsons||Supermarket with fresh take-out food (if you want to picnic at Ramsay Park)||A few doors to the right of Target|
|Staples||Heavy, practical items like furniture, cleaning supplies, computer equipment, televisions, lamps and paper, delivered for free if you spend at least $50. Ideal for bus riders!||A few doors to the right of Target|
|Upper Struve Slough Trail||Hiking trail (if you’d like to include recreation in your shopping trip)||Diagonally across (as you get off the bus) from Outlook Shopping Center|
When you are ready to return to Santa Cruz, go back to the bus stop where you started and cross the major road (Main Street) to reach the opposite bus stop. Get on the next 69W or 71 bus. Avoid all other buses.
Pacific Station (Metro Center) is the last stop. The automated announcement system will announce it.
There’s no need to plan your Target shopping trip in advance. During the day, the maximum wait is 45 minutes, between the 71 and 69W buses. At night, the maximum wait is an hour, with only the 71 running. In case you do have to wait, Pacific Station (Metro Center) has an indoor waiting area, restrooms, water fountains, telephones, and food vendors. While Target does have restrooms, a water fountain, telephones, and a food vendor, the actual bus stop is remote and lacks any sort of shelter.
For Santa Cruz Metro, dial 1 831 425-8600.
The information on this Web page might be incomplete, out of date, or incorrect. Also, there is always a risk of delays and missed connections.
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