Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST)

Is there scheduled service that works for you?

picture of a busThousands of commuters with various work and school schedules use public transit every day. Some transit lines also provide extended hours for late-night travel. 

How much will it cost to ride?

 Nothing when you board with a valid Hartnell Student ID!

Hartnell College proudly joins Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) to announce that Hartnell College students can ride FREE on ALL MST routes simply by presenting their valid electronic student ID to the driver -- any day, any time during the Fall and Spring semesters.

For MST access during the Summer semester please email

A new free user-friendly Transit App gives passengers real-time bus arrival information on their iPhone or Android device. The app shows next bus arrivals, locates their nearest bus stop, and allows the user to set alerts for preferred routes. The app is available at:

Are you planning to take classes or transfer to CSUMB? 

paw printsCSUMB's Alternative Transportation Program, where Otters go to trip wisely. Join them in saving money on transportation while helping to keep the environment a clean place at the same time.

Don’t know where or when to catch the bus?

Call MST toll-free at 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871) or visit MST for bus route, stop and schedule information.


bicycle helmetBiking is a fun and healthy way to get to school, to work, to transit stops, to your carpool pick-up point, or to run errands.Bicycling is an inexpensive way to travel. People who commute by bike save between $2,000 and $5,000 each year, and it's also one of the healthiest ways to get around.

Once you’ve arrived by bicycle at Hartnell, you’ll find that you can park closer to most classrooms and offices. Cable locks are easily broken or cut, so always lock your bike’s frame to a bike rack using a U-Lock. A cable should also be used to secure both wheels. If you need a U-Lock, email for information about getting a free U-Lock!

Bike Lockers next to Building C

Look for the three gray Bicycle Lockers on Main Campus located on the west side of Building C, The Student Center.  Bicycle Lockers keep both your bike and its parts safe from theft and the weather. These lockers are free to use each semester on a first come, first serve basis. Email for information or use this form to request a locker and/or a free U-Lock. Another locker is located at the Alisal Campus in front of Building AC-A. 

Bicycling Monterey (County) website -  - provides tips on riding skills and safety, CA bike laws, local ordinances on sidewalk riding and more, bike maps to help you find the best route, a calendar of Monterey County bike-related activities, HER Helmet Thursdays discounts for males and females who bike, much Salinas-specific biking info, and lots more. 

Bike racks are provided on all MST buses and, at the driver's discretion, you may be able to bring your bike inside the bus. Bicycle maps make it easy to find the best route and for additional resources visit Ecology Actions Bike Programs.

Bicycle Maps

Treasure mapMonterey County Bike Map (TAMC)

City of Salinas - Active Transportation

Fort Ord Public Lands (BLM)

Santa Cruz County Bikeway Map

Do bad drivers have you worried?

League of American Bicyclists logoVisit the  League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Education site for instructional videos, smart cycling tips, and information about vehicular cycling classes offered by League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors. 

Do bad roads have you worried?

service request form is available to all cyclists or anyone wishing to report a roadway condition affecting cyclists in Monterey County.

Better yet, download the Monterey County uConnect App on your smart device. You can snap a picture and report issues on the spot! 


Why worry about the hassle of trying to find a parking spot and being late for class?

A bird walkingWalk to school! If you live only a few miles away or choose to park a few blocks from campus, walking is much more convenient than driving. It’s also a great form of exercise; you’ll save money, and arrive at school relaxed and stress free. Not only will you help the environment by not driving, you’ll get in your recommended daily dose of exercise!

How walkable is your community? Find out your area’s WALK SCORE!

Electric Vehicles, Carpooling, and Ridesharing

The Hartnell CCD is committed to sustainability and to being good stewards of the environment.  “We know that the number of electric vehicle owners is growing among our students and employees,” expressed former  Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen.  “We want to do our part to support these individuals who, through their use of electric vehicles, are reducing carbon emissions and the production of greenhouse gases."

eVgo installed 10 stations in the Parking Structure (First Level) on the Main Campus and 4 stations in the Parking Lot at the Alisal Campus. Prior to this the District had 1 station at the Alisal Campus, 2 at the Main Campus, and 1 at the King City Education Center.  To sign up, go to

What are the advantages of Carpooling?

CarpoolingYou will save money on gas and parking by sharing the driving costs among two or more commuters. Carpooling is also one of the most flexible commute alternatives around.

Planning trips by carpool, vanpool, bus, bike, car or on foot is quick and easy using the online Go831 RideAmigos trip matching tool.

Carpool Parking

Hartnell currently offers eight carpool only parking spaces on the ground level of the parking structure. Stop by the cashier’s office in the Student Services (B building) to complete a Carpool Parking Application for your FREE Carpool parking permit.



Contact Frank Henderson by email at or phone (831) 755-6738 for more information.