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Marsha McLean: Enjoy summer days with Santa Clarita Transit

Posted: June 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

With summer just around the corner and gas prices high, it might be a good time to check out public transit options in and around Santa Clarita.

Community members might be surprised to learn that Santa Clarita Transit provides a wide range of transportation services for teens, families and seniors to save money, increase mobility options, reduce commuting stress and travel to surrounding cities.

Santa Clarita Transit offers a variety of services to make it easy and affordable to ride the bus to the beach, travel throughout town or visit other neighboring cities and tourist destinations.

 

The Summer Beach Bus

The city of Santa Clarita is proud to bring back the Summer Beach Bus. The air-conditioned bus ride provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a ride to Santa Monica Beach without dealing with traffic or parking concerns.

Traveling on Saturdays and Sundays, June 9 through Sept. 2, fares are $3 each way for children and adults, and $1.50 each way for persons with disabilities and seniors 60 years of age and over.

On Saturdays, the city will run two beach buses, with Route 100 serving the east side of the city, and Route 101, serving the west side of the city. On Sunday, the city will use beach bus Route 102 to service both the east and west sides of Santa Clarita.

Buses will depart Santa Clarita beginning at 8:40 a.m., and arrive in Santa Monica around 10:30 a.m. Return trips to Santa Clarita will pickup patrons from Santa Monica at 3:30 p.m.

Community members can board the Beach Bus at various locations throughout the city, including: Santa Clarita Park, Canyon Country Park, Soledad Canyon Road and Solamint Drive, Soledad Canyon Road and Shangri-La Drive, Via Princessa Metrolink Station, Santa Clarita Metrolink Station, Cinema Drive Park ‘N Ride and McBean Regional Transit Center.

 

Use local routes

Santa Clarita Transit has eight local bus routes that travel to various locations throughout town. One of the newest local hot spots for community members to visit is hosted every Thursday night in Old Town Newhall. Using Routes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 14, residents can take the bus to Main Street to enjoy street festivals, fresh produce, food trucks, art, entertainment, shopping and dining at Thursdays at Newhall. Offerings at the weekly event include:

n Farmers market - Home to some of the region's best farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and specialty food items, the farmers market takes place every Thursday night 4-8 p.m.

n ArtWalk - This event combines distinctive art, gourmet food trucks and hands-on art experiences for art enthusiasts of all ages. Art Walk is hosted every first Thursday, from 4-8 p.m., and runs in conjunction with the weekly farmers market.

n SENSES - Awaken your senses at this monthly themed block party where bands, food trucks, activities, contests, and more get the weekend started right. SENSES is hosted every third Thursday, from 7-11 p.m., and runs in conjunction with the weekly farmers market.

 

The 757 NoHo Express

The 757 NoHo Express is a valley-to-valley transit service that connects residents to almost any destination, seven days a week.

The route provides frequent opportunities to connect to LADOT Express services, Burbank Bus, numerous Metro bus services, as well as Metro's Orange and Red lines.

The added convenience of mid-day return trips on the 757 NoHo Express provides affordable transportation options to visit major attractions, including: Los Angeles Union Station, Staples Center, Hollywood, Universal City, Van Nuys, Burbank, Pasadena and Long Beach.

The city of Santa Clarita is committed to making it easy and affordable to use public transportation. 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 about Santa Clarita Transit, visit SantaClaritaTransit.com or contact (661) 294-1BUS (1287).

Marsha McLean is a Santa Clarita City Councilmember and can be reached at mmclean@santa-clarita.com.

 

 

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