For the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit Department (SCMTD) is breaking even.

SCMTD’s budget will be supplemented by California Senate Bill (SB) 1 and Santa Cruz County Measure D, passed in November 2016.

Illustration by Lizzy Choi

SB 1 fuel taxes went into effect statewide on Nov. 1, raising gas and diesel prices throughout California by $0.12 and $0.20 per gallon respectively. The taxes are estimated to generate $5.2 billion annually for the next 10 years. Further funding for SCMTD comes from a $25-$175 registration fee, depending on vehicle value, and a $100 per year fee for electric cars. Registration fees come into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.