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Ripon city bus closer to being ready to roll

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POSTED February 5, 2013 12:52 a.m.

If all goes accordingly, the Ripon Transit District could be up and running in the coming weeks.

At tonight’s Ripon City Council, elected leaders are expected to OK the cooperative agreement with the San Joaquin Council of Governments.

“This agreement is the last step in the process prior to beginning Ripon’s transit service,” said Kevin Werner, who is the city engineer and deputy city administrator.

The 7 o’clock session will take place in the Ripon City Hall Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

 The agreement between the city and SJCOG, acting as the local transportation agency – based on that, SJCOG is authorized to issue Measure K Renewal funds – will help make possible 90 percent of the budget, or $50,000, for that first year of the project.

The project budget as of this month through January 2014 is $55,000.

 The city received an environmentally-friendly – as this fossil fuel substitute for petrol doesn’t produce greenhouse gases – compressed natural gas bus back in November. What ensued next was a public workshop followed by several trial runs, using the assigned Regional Transit District driver and the Bethany Home staff to refine and establish the routes and schedule.

The city, in order to begin accessing the Measure K Renewal money, is required to enter into a cooperative agreement with SJCOG.

Deputy City Administrator Kevin Werner noted that the bus routes will include various locations in Ripon and Modesto.

Route 1, for example, will take residents to Vintage Faire in Modesto on Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Werner, in his project scope of work report, is estimating for the transit service to handle 1,500 passengers in the 12-month period.

For more information, call city hall at 209-599-2108.

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