North Shore gets public transportation
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NORTH SHORE- The community of the North Shore has been organizing and working to get public transportation into their area for years now. Today they finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
"Now we can go to the store, to the doctors appointment, go to work,” says North Shore resident Violeta Lopez.
Supervisor of the Fourth District John Benoit says public transportation is desperately needed there.
"It’s very important that these folks that have very limited means have an opportunity to go to a doctor’s appointment or other shopping opportunities than this little tiny store right here,” says Benoit.
The Sun Bus will run five days a week, five round trips a day.
"From this area, it will make it available for them to connect through Mecca and get anywhere in the Coachella valley and beyond,” says Benoit.
Terri Bowen helps run the North Shore Beach and Yacht Club Community Center. She says the community took hold of a long standing American tradition to get what they want.
“They have that opportunity to see democracy at work, to organize, to have a picket, to go there and have their voiced heard,” says Bowen.
The Sun Bus is here for a two year trial run so the success and whether or not the contract is extended depends on how much the service is used.
"These things have to justify themselves in terms of the scarce tax payer dollars that are available,” says Benoit.
He says the buses are all green.
"It’s long maintained one of the cleanest and well maintained fleets. They were the first in the nation to have a complete natural gas fleet,” says Benoit.
$200,000 will come from a two year grant from the federal government. The Sunline bus will match that $200,000.
The bus begins its route in September.