County adds bus line

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER – A new bus line serving unincorporated South and West Whittier will begin Jan. 21. The line will go from Sorensen Park in West Whittier to the Whittwood Town Center.The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $811,225 contract with Southland Transit Inc., which will run the line.“We are complementing regional and local existing transit services by increasing mobility for area residents,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said.†”This long-awaited service will provide residents accessibility to regional transit points and key local destinations.”The two-way shuttle service will connect to other transit lines run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the cities of Montebello, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier, as well as the county-operated Los Nietos Shuttle.“The shuttle will not only connect South Whittier residents with vital municipal and social services but safely deliver students to school and employees to work,” Supervisor Don Knabe said.”Cost will be 25 cents. It will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturdays.The service will begin with buses already owned by the county, but by the summer, two buses purchased with federal money will take over.The county received a federal grant – with the help of Rep. Linda Sanchez, R-Lakewood – to purchase two new, propane-powered El Dorado EZ-Rider II Max buses. Each will sit 29 people.A committee of local residents also will work with an environmental design company to develop the official name, logo and overall look.The first week of operation – Jan. 21-28 – will be free. A transit fair at the Community Resource Center, 10750 Laurel Ave., Whittier, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 to kick off the new service.County officials will make a formal presentation on the new service at the South Whittier Coordinating Council’s 7p.m. Jan. 9 meeting also at the Community Resource Center.Angie Castro, spokeswoman for Molina, said the ridership initially should be 15 to 20 per hour and eventually 30 to 45. Ralph Pacheco, president of the Whittier County Community Coordinating Council, said the new route will provide a new era of mobility for local residents and families.“It will hit areas that have not been served by public transit,” Pacheco said. [email protected](562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more