Staff Report

Santa Ynez Valley Transit has announced the expansion of its limited-time Summer Youth Pass so that the discount program includes May.

The $20 pass provides unlimited rides during the month of purchase and is available this year to riders from 6 to 20 years old for use in May, June, July and August. Passes are on sale now.

“Expanding the Summer Youth Pass to include May provides affordable and safe travel to our young residents for the entire summer,” said Matt van der Linden, Solvang’s Public Works Director and City Engineer. “Students concluding their spring semester in May can now immediately use the discounted pass to safely and independently travel to their summer jobs, classes and activities.

 “If each resident replaced one driving trip with one trip on SYVT every two weeks, our community could significantly help reduce traffic on our roads and pollution in our air,” he added.

The youth passes can be purchased through Aug. 1 by young riders, or their parents and caregivers, at the SYV Transit office at 431 Second St., Suite 9, in Solvang.

In conjunction with the youth pass, the local bus system is offering a free Activities Guide that lists popular destinations and corresponding SYVT bus stops on an easy-to-read map created for children, teens, parents and caregivers.

The Activities Guide is available at the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA, Solvang Library, Santa Ynez Library, Buellton Library, and the SYVT office.

For more information, visit or call the SYVT office at 805-688-5452.