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County funds transit

Posted: June 9, 2010 10:30 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2010 7:30 a.m.

In spite of its budgetary difficulties, Los Angeles County officials shelled out $2.3 million on Wednesday to pay for public transportation in unincorporated communities in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors set aside the money two days after officials approved its $23 billion budget for fiscal year 2010-2011. The money comes from sales tax revenue set aside specifically for transportation, said Wendy Bui, Los Angeles County's transit manager.

The county pays the city of Santa Clarita for the service it provides residents in the unincorporated SCV, Bui said.

And more people than ever have been riding the city buses.

About 4.2 million city residents rode the bus in fiscal year 2009, a 10 percent increase over the previous year, Alisha Celestine, a city spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. The city doesn't track ridership in county areas, Celestine said.


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