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Shelters are new additions to Taylor Road bus stops

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Five new bus shelters will now offer riders protection from the elements in winter and summer. Last week, crews from the Town of Loomis Public Works Department finished installing the three-sided shelters at the bus stops located along Taylor Road, from SpecWest near Bank of America on one end to the Del Oro High School pool to the north. According to Brian Fragiao, Public Works director, the cost of the project was almost $45,000, funded by a state grant. The town applied for the grant through the Public Transportation Modernization Improvement and Service Enhancement Program, administered through the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, Fragiao said. “Normally this money would go to people that operate transportation services,” he said. “We felt we could use the money in town, rather than someplace else.” Monday through Saturday, Placer County Transit operates a shuttle bus service to Loomis along Taylor Road from Auburn to Sierra College in Rocklin. The shuttle connects with the Auburn/Light Rail bus at Sierra College. Transfers to Placer County Transit buses are free of charge. The general fare is $1, or 50 cents for seniors, the disabled and youth. Children under age 5 ride for free with a paying adult. Medicare card holders are eligible for half fare. Stops on Ophir Road between Auburn and the Ophir Road Park 'n' Ride lot are by reservation only. In Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Rocklin, and Granite Bay, call (916) 788-2342.