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Santa Clarita planning transit overhaul

City officials seek public input on plan to update, expand bus services

Posted: July 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Residents who use Santa Clarita Valley public transit are invited to weigh in on a back-to-the-drawing-board plan to better meet the needs of local bus riders.

The plan has been in the works for more than a year and is meant to take into account both the present and future transit needs for the Santa Clarita Valley, according to city Transit Manager Adrian Aguilar.

“We look at demand, new development, changes in demographics, commute patterns, that sort of thing,” Aguilar said.

Santa Clarita revises its transit plan every several years, and because the last revision came just before the Great Recession, a lot of the suggested improvements didn’t happen, Aguilar said.

“So with this plan ... we kind of went back to the drawing board,” Aguilar said. “We wanted to go back and reassess the service and reassess the demand.”

To that end, the city’s new draft plan calls for expanding service on some overcrowded routes of the city’s bus system, such as Routes 1 and 2, according to Corie Zamora, an administrative analyst with the city of Santa Clarita.

Routes 1 and 2 both offer service across a wide breadth of the Santa Clarita Valley, running from Canyon Country to Castaic and Val Verde.

Zamora said the city will also look to expand service options along the cross-valley connector, which provides a direct route from Highway 14 to the interchange of Interstate 5 and Highway 126.

The city also wants to provide more information on ticket pricing and route scheduling to potential commuters, she said.

While the plan includes a variety of service expansions, it is by no means a pipe dream, according to Aguilar.

“We wanted to make sure whatever recommendation came out of this plan was a recommendation that we can support financially,” he said.

The plan is available for public review and comment through July 22, according to Zamora.

“Really what we’re trying to do is make sure this plan is reflective of the need, the real need of the community,”Aguilar said.

The entire plan can be downlaoded from the city's transit website, at:

http://www.santaclaritatransit.com/2013/06/21/2013-transportation-development-plan-public-comment-requested/

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