A free shuttle bus will link the Old Pasadena and South Lake Avenue shopping districts next year.
The City Council last week approved spending $900,000 for six buses that will run Monday through Saturday up South Lake Avenue, west on Colorado Boulevard to Old Pasadena, then east along Green Street and down South Lake Avenue. The service could start as early as April.
The council voted 4 to 3 in favor of the buses, with councilmen Bill Crowfoot, Isaac Richard and William E. Thomson Jr. dissenting. Crowfoot said the route does not serve residents well and the initial money as well as the $350,000 it costs to operate annually could be better spent elsewhere.
The 21-seat buses will be painted with artwork highlighting special events in the city, such as the 1994 World Cup soccer games. A task force has been established to recommend designs.