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Bus riders mad about possible route changes

Several lines that carry riders into the San Fernando Valley are on the chopping block

Posted: May 7, 2009 8:28 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Traveling from Santa Clarita to the San Fernando Valley could get easier — or it could get harder. It all depends on who you talk to.

Whether the trip becomes easier or more difficult depends on proposed route changes presented to bus users at a public meeting Thursday by City of Santa Clarita Transit.

If the proposed changes are approved, the 793, 798, 747, 8, 503 and 504 bus routes, which shuttle passengers between Santa Clarita and points within the San Fernando Valley, could be eliminated by August, said Darren Hernandez, city of Santa Clarita treasurer. If eliminated, the routes could be replaced by a new bus route running to the North Hollywood MTA station. That’s where passengers would transfer to MTA buses and light rail to connect to destinations within the San Fernando Valley, he said.

Riders from those routes voiced their opposition to the route changes during Thursday’s public meeting.

“We need route 8 to connect (The Santa Clarita Valley) with the rest of the world,” Thomas Helliwell said. “Getting rid of route 8 — that’s criminal.”

Adrian Aguilar, interim transportation coordinator for the city, said the proposed route changes were prompted by low ridership on the San Fernando routes.

Ridership on the San Fernando Valley routes averages between 30 and 40 customers per day. The route between Santa Clarita and Downtown Los Angeles is usually full each day, Aguilar said.

The San Fernando routes with their low ridership require more subsidies from the city to run, he said.

 

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