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Changes coming to Santa Clarita commute

Posted: July 18, 2012 5:35 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2012 5:35 p.m.
 

Santa Clarita commuters will be seeing a number of changes beginning Aug. 5, including route changes and small fare increases for some monthly passes.

Monthly passes for Santa Clarita Transit-only services will be available for the first time for the North Hollywood route Aug. 5, according to Santa Clarita Transit Manager Adrian Aguilar.

Prices for Santa Clarita Transit-only monthly commuter passes will also rise slightly to pay for increased service costs — including the cost of fuel, services and Santa Clarita Transit’s contract, Aguilar said.

“We made the adjustment to bring the cost in line with the actual cost of the service,” Aguilar said.

The North Hollywood route, one of the more popular commuter routes for Santa Clarita Valley Transit, will add 11 new trips beginning Aug. 5. Six new trips will travel to North Hollywood and five new trips will return to Santa Clarita.

The NoHo Express allows Santa Clarita commuters to connect to the Metro Orange and Red lines and has significantly increased in popularity since it opened, Aguilar said. Since it was launched three years ago, the NoHo

Express has increased from 138,000 annual passengers to more than 200,000 passengers — a 45 percent increase in ridership.

The increase in riders can be attributed to a number of factors, Aguilar said. Riders on the NoHo Express range from white-collar employees commuting to areas of Los Angeles to students riding up to College of the Canyons.

“This will be the significant change, and I think it will be well-received,” Aguilar said. “Right now, we’re seeing standing-room only on the midday route.”

Santa Clarita Transit will also be eliminating its Commuter Route 795, which serviced the Antelope Valley. Instead, Antelope Valley Transit Authority will be offering a county-funded Transporter service that will run during off-peak hours when Metrolink isn’t running.

Commuter Route 795 made three round trips each weekday, Aguilar said. The transporter service will offer four round trips per day, according to information from Antelope Valley Transit Authority.

The new service will allow for more connections for commuters who want to get to and from the Santa Clarita Valley, Aguilar said.

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