Monterey-Salinas Transit is a well used bus system, although it is expensive. The base fare is $1.50, which must be paid again for each zone entered. For example Salinas and the North County are in different zones. (On this trip, I only rode in the Monterey zone). Fortunately, a $3.00 day pass ($6 for one covering all of the zones) takes some of the sting out of the high fares.
The first major stop was at the "Edgewater Transit Exchange", a small transit center adjacent to a big-box shopping center. Then came a quick trip on a freeway (CA-1) to our next major stop, Marina Transit Center (really, just some street stops, on both sides of a narrow street). I got off here, while the bus continued on to Salinas.
Nothing much here but a couple of strip malls. I had lunch in a Mexican restaurant in one of them, then took the #20 back to Monterey.
Carmel is one of those expensive little towns that thinks quite highly of itself. Even the bus stop signs are these fancy wooden jobs...I walked around there for an hour or so, then took the bus back to Monterey.
This particular bus run looped around near the Pt Pinos Lighthouse and Lovers Point. I got off at Fountain/Lighthouse, in downtown Pacific Grove, and waited for the #2
There weren't too many other passengers on the #2 until we ran along David and Pine, when we started to pick up a large number of high school students. This route also passes by the Presidio and the Defense Language Institute, before heading into Downtown Monterey.