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SMRT Adds New Expressway Starting August

Santa Maria Regional Transit is adding a new express route to Orcutt and the Santa Maria Public Airport starting in August.

The new route, named 12X, will operate every 60 minutes Monday through Friday from Santa Maria Transit Center to Orcutt, Santa Maria Public Airport, Delta and Righetti High Schools and other stops.

SMRT fares are $1.50 one way or $3 for a day pass. Students with valid ID get a 25-cent discount, and adults over 60, people with disabilities, and Medicare cardholders all travel for 75 cents.

SMRT also offers long-term passes: $12 for a 7-day pass and $31 for a 31-day pass.

For more information on fares and routes, including the new 12X route, visit or call 805-928-5624.

Questions can be directed to the Transit Division of Public Works at 805-925-0951, ext. 2480.


PVHS Senior Makai Copado to Sing National Anthem at Mid-State Fair

Makai Cpado, a senior entering Pioneer Valley High School, was selected to sign the national anthem at the California Mid-State Fair on Monday.

Copado will sing the anthem to open the Live to Rock concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. Copado’s anthem will kick off the concert by 80s rock staples Skid Row and Warrant, with special guests Quiet Riot and Kip Winger Unplugged.

“I’m super excited to be able to participate in such an exciting event. It’s a really big accomplishment for me and I couldn’t be more ecstatic,” said Copado. “I had seen a post on Instagram about how places were open for local singers and decided this would be a great opportunity for me to audition, so I sent in a video.”

In April, Copado starred as Danny Zuko in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District’s rendition of “Grease.”

Cpado joined students from Pioneer Valley, Righetti and Santa Maria high schools to stage the classic musical in the PVHS auditorium. Opening night included a unique performance by Tony-nominated Broadway actress Laura Osnes.


Youth group offering teen cultural experience trips to Santa Barbara

The Mayor of Santa Maria’s Youth Safety Task Force invites teens to Santa Barbara for two cultural experience trips in August.

The excursions are part of the city’s Something Fun series, designed to provide teens with experiences they might not otherwise be able to participate in due to economic or transportation barriers. A shuttle to and from both locations in Santa Barbara is provided free of charge.

On August 3, teenagers can enjoy the Old Spanish Days fiesta at Mercado del Norte. The carnival will feature ballet and flamenco performances, live music and rides.

On August 10, the city will offer the opportunity to explore the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Currently, the collection includes over 27,000 pieces of American, Asian, and European art spanning over 5,000 years.

Transportation will be provided for each activity from the Abel Maldonado Community Center, 600 S. McClelland St. The shuttle will depart at 10 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. for both events. Space is limited and registration is required at

Questions can be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.


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