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Marsha McLean: Santa Clarita Transit expands riders' options

Live from City Hall

Posted: July 30, 2010 8:18 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

With fast, reliable service, Santa Clarita Transit can take you just about anywhere you want to go. Passengers can travel with ease throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and to other neighboring cities, including Woodland Hills, downtown Los Angeles, Westwood and North Hollywood.

This summer, the city introduced an option for residents to travel to the beach on the city’s Summer Beach Bus, an affordable way to travel to Santa Monica without the hassle of traffic and parking.

Having grown into a highly modernized transit service with more than 4.2 million riders annually, the city regularly assesses ways to enhance its local and commuter transit services. In an effort to provide transit users with more options, the city is pleased to announce a very green change to our transit transfer program for both local and commuter routes starting Sunday.

The city’s transit fare is lower than most agencies, making its transit system accessible to everyone in our community. The last few years, the city has made significant improvements to the system, such as enhanced operating procedures, increased maintenance staff, a newly hired contractor, expanded fleet size, new facility and added service routes.

Effective Sunday, Santa Clarita Transit will be even easier to use, more cost-effective and a great way to “go green” when traveling.   

In lieu of local transfers, a new unlimited local day pass is available, which allows riders to travel on Santa Clarita Transit as many times as they would like during an operational day. The cost of the local day pass is $2.50 and will only be available on the new, easy-to-use TAP card.

The local base fare will remain $1.00, and qualified seniors and disabled patrons will continue to ride free of charge. 

Additionally, the cost of the local fixed-route, unlimited monthly pass has been adjusted to $30.  This is a tremendous cost savings for regular transit users.

For those who choose to use the commuter service once in a while, single rides on commuter routes will increase by 25 cents.

The fare for the North Hollywood Route 757, the newest Santa Clarita Transit commuter route, will remain at the same rate of $2.50. Reduced-fare rates will also remain the same for all commuter routes.

Santa Clarita Transit has also created a new Antelope Valley, Los Angeles, Warner Center and Century City monthly pass, thereby offering a more cost-effective alternative to the EZ transit pass. These new Santa Clarita Commuter Express passes are only available by using the convenient TAP Card.

Think of the TAP card as a bank account for your transit fare. While not a pass in itself, the TAP card is an important innovation for Santa Clarita Transit and other Los Angeles County transit riders.  Because of its state-of-the-art smart chip technology, TAP allows Santa Clarita Transit to look to the future, finding modern new ways to deliver an improved transit experience.

TAP is just the beginning of the technological advancements that the city’s transit system will implement  the next year, all designed to improve transit services and the quality of life for our community in a sustainable manner for years to come.
The city of Santa Clarita is dedicated to being responsive to the growing needs of its community and its riders, making it easier and more convenient than ever to use our transit service.   

To view the new transit fare structure or to learn more about TAP, visit 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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