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County holds workshop on using shuttles to fill transit gaps

A workshop on how local shuttles might fill gaps in the Peninsula's public transit network is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the San Mateo County Transit District headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos.

The county's transportation authority and the county's association of local governments announced the workshop ahead of a deadline for cities and towns to apply for $7 million in matching funds for eligible projects.

SamTrans buses are rare in Woodside and Portola Valley. Would people ride a shuttle, perhaps to a Caltrain station? Portola Valley Councilwoman Maryann Moise Derwin said that council members from both towns have talked about this. Maybe next year, she said.

It's too late to arrange a partnership, determine a route, analyze ridership and arrange matching funds, she said. "There are a few members on the Sustainability Committee who are definitely interested," she added.

For more information from the county, direct questions to Tom Madalena at 599-1460 or tmadalena@co.sanmateo.ca.us.

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