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Posted: June 11, 2010 10:08 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

This summer, grab your sunscreen, family and friends and enjoy a ride to Santa Monica Beach without dealing with traffic or parking concerns. Every Saturday and Sunday from June 19 through Sept. 5, the city of Santa Clarita is offering low-cost bus rides to Santa Monica via the 2010 Summer Beach Bus.  Summer Beach Bus fares are $3 each way for children and adults, with tickets available at $1.50 each way for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

You and your family, your church group or nonprofit agency can ride to the beach with ease on one of the city’s comfortable, air-conditioned commuter express buses. Travelers are encouraged to bring their beach chairs, coolers, bicycles and surfboards. The city’s weekend Summer Beach Bus provides the perfect opportunity for teens, families and seniors to enjoy a relaxing ride to the beach to enjoy the Southern California sun and have some beachside fun.

The city expanded the Summer Beach Bus service this year by adding two additional departure locations from Santa Clarita. Community members can travel from the canyons to the sea and back again from these locations across the city: Via Princessa Metrolink Station (depart at 8:40 a.m.; return at 4:35 p.m.), Oak Creek Park ’N’ Ride (depart at 8:50 a.m.; return at 4:45 p.m.), Newhall Metrolink Station (depart at 8:55 a.m.; return at 4:50 p.m.) and the McBean Regional Transfer Station (depart at 9:05 a.m.; return at 5:10 p.m.). The Summer Beach Bus will depart from Santa Monica at 3:30 p.m.

Anyone boarding the bus under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Unaccompanied minors must bring a valid school ID to verify age. Seniors and persons with disabilities must also show identification with a proper TAP or LACTOA Card, driver’s license or Medicare card.

The Summer Beach Bus is also available for large group outings.  You can book your own, private bus for parties of 50 with one phone call.  Please call at least five business days in advance, and you and your nonprofit, church group or club can enjoy a special outing to the beach. The bus can accommodate up to 50 riders.   

Santa Clarita Transit is a safe and reliable public transportation service that provides local service, commuter service and Dial-a-Ride transportation to the entire Santa Clarita Valley. If you want to spend your weekend somewhere else besides the beach, the NoHo Express Route can connect you to wherever you need to go via Metro’s Red Line and the Orange Line.

Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a visit to destinations more inland, let Santa Clarita Transit take you where you need to go this summer.

For more information on the Summer Beach Bus, please call (661) 294-1BUS (1287) or visit www.santaclaritatransit.com.

Marsha McLean is the mayor pro tem for the city of Santa Clarita and can be reached at: mmclean@santa-clarita.com. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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