Starting July 1, East Palo Altans on the west side of the city will gain a free shuttle route while those on the east side will lose service, the city has announced.
The new bus route will provide service between the Woodland Avenue/Newell Road/West Bayshore Road neighborhood in East Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Caltrain station at Alma Street and Lytton Avenue. The shuttle is the product of a partnership with the City of Palo Alto.
Free shuttle service on the east side of U.S. Highway 101 will be discontinued. The city decided to scrap the shuttle to avoid overlap with SamTrans bus routes and maximize limited funds, according to the East Palo Alto city manager's office. Residents on the east side of the city can access SamTrans bus routes 280, 281 and 296 and SamTrans Redi-Wheels for seniors and disabled residents. For more information about schedules, fare and route information for SamTrans buses and Redi-Wheels, call 650-660-4287 (TTY only at 650-508-6648) or go to www.samtrans.com.
In addition, door-to-door shuttle service to and from the East Palo Alto Senior Center is available to qualified senior and disabled residents in East Palo Alto. For more information on this program, contact Tammy Holloway at 650-853-5907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After July 1, residents seeking assistance with accessing any of the alternatives are can contact Michelle Daher, city environmental coordinator, by calling 650-853-3197, visiting 1960 Tate St. or emailing email@example.com. Further information including a map of the new route is online at www.cityofepa.org/FreeShuttle or available by calling 650-853-3197.