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Bus route to Santucci Center still in the works

Dial-a-ride temporary solution
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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Anyone needing a ride to the new Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville may be surprised when they look at a public bus route map and don’t see a line. While most of Auburn’s court system transitioned to the new center July 15, there is currently no bus stop at the new facility located at 10820 Justice Center Drive, Roseville. “We’re sitting down with the county next week to discuss additional service,” Michael Wixon, alternative transportation manager for the city of Roseville, said Thursday. “We’re trying to come to an agreement as to what will best serve their justice facility.” The Santucci Center falls under Roseville’s transit jurisdiction. Wixon said the city does provide a local dial-a-ride service that can take travelers to the center. For Auburn residents who use public transit, there is a line from Auburn to the Roseville Galleria, according to Will Garner, public works manager for the Placer County Department of Public Works. Garner said from there, riders would need to call dial-a-ride. Garner said the caveat to dial-a-ride is the potential for long waits during peak hours. “It works for some and it doesn’t work for others,” Garner said. “It depends on the time you have and the availability of dial-a-ride.” Garner added that there have been requests for service from county workers who commute to the center and from employees who know their clients need to use public transportation to get to court. He added that city of Roseville transit department is doing well with matching vanpools and carpools, especially with employees working for large employers. “This all happened at the same time gas prices are shooting up and people came together at the same time wanting an alternate way to get to work,” Garner said. “Everybody wants to do something as soon as practical.” For more information, visit http://www.roseville.ca.us/transportation/default.asp or call (916) 774-5293. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment.