SOUTH GATE : Van Hours Extended After Taxis Cut

The city has extended the hours of its daily passenger-van program, which provides low-cost transportation for residents, to replace a canceled late-night taxi service.

Vans will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Saturday hours remain the same, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through the Phone-A-Ride van program, residents pay 75 cents for rides to the grocery store, doctor's office, beauty parlor and other locations. Senior citizens pay a quarter.

A contract for inexpensive late-night taxi service ended April 18 when the contractor, South Gate-based Trans-Cab Inc., canceled it in a dispute with the city. Last year, the van program served 43,830 residents, nearly 74% of whom were senior citizens.

Information: (213) 262-3497.

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