PALOS VERDES ESTATES : Shuttle Bus Service to Shut Down in June

A shuttle bus service to schools and commercial centers here will cease operations in June, city officials announced.

The city began operating the shuttle in September, 1992, with surplus transportation money, but has run out of funds, City Manager James Hendrickson said.

The city pays the cost of operating the van-size shuttle--up to $350,000 a year--because it primarily serves city residents, most of them schoolchildren. It has up to 2,200 boardings a month, Hendrickson said.

Fares pay for 6% of the shuttle's operating costs. Most successful public transportation systems recoup 25% of their operating costs from fares, Hendrickson said.

The shuttle started out charging students $225 for semester passes, but saw ridership increase when the price of semester passes dropped to $185.

Meantime, a consortium of local cities, which includes Palos Verdes Estates, is studying ways to improve public transportation on the peninsula. One option is to take over bus lines run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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