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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                       Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013             
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Logo of EPA Free Shuttle Program
The logo of the EPA Free Community Shuttle


City residents will now have another means of transportation to use to get to neighboring cities. The East Palo Alto Free Shuttle Program is operating and available for public use.

There are four shuttles that will take commuters through East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and Redwood City. The shuttle routes are clearly laid out. 

Shuttles #1 and #2 go to the CALTRAIN Station: These two shuttles will loop around East Palo Alto and travel to the Caltrain Station in Palo Alto at least once an hour (every half hour during commute times), during the weekdays, with late night & weekend service, too.

Shuttle #3 will go to East Palo Alto's Midtown: This shuttle will loop weekday afternoons to locations like the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, Senior Center, City Hall/Library Ravenswood 101 Shopping, & other local places commuter might want to go. This route is specifically designed to encourage youth and to help relieve evening traffic congestion. The shuttle travels every half hour from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on weekdays.

Shuttle #4 travels to Redwood City: Local commuters will be able to travel to San Mateo County Service offices, like medical or financial aid and the count courthouse. They will also be able to travel to downtown Redwood City, the local Caltrain station and shop at local stores. Shuttle users can choose a different destination every day, with one trip daily, now including weekends!

According to Michelle Daher, the environmental coordinator for the Clean Bay Program, "Our goal is to increase the use of these routes and reduce the number of cars on the roads to save [residents]... time and money."

Hard copies of shuttle schedules are available at any East Palo Alto city facility, at select local merchants, and at laundry mats (Download online copies of all of the EPA Free Shuttles Program schedules here.). Daher is willing to visit local organizations in East Palo Alto to deliver hard copies of these shuttle schedules. She said that she would be happy to come to meetings to provide more detailed information about East Palo Alto's Free Shuttle Program. A Spanish translator is also available to cover Daher's presentation.

Funding for the free shuttle program is provided by grants from local congestion management agencies and local Measure M vehicle registration fees.

Henrietta J. Burroughs, the author of this article, can be reached at epatoday@epatoday.org.