RABA is hearing from Chuck Aukland regarding seasonal beach bus from downtown to Whiskeytown. Grants from Dignity Health and Redding Rancheria are helping make it possible.
The cost to ride the beach bus will be $1.50 each way. Aukland estimates the fares may raise $1,500 to $2,000. But really, it's unknown. Aukland says there's lots of support from community groups.
Whiskeytown official says the service will be a great opportunity to connect disadvantaged youths with outdoor recreational programs. There are a lot of kids who live in motels and who've never seen a frog, she says.
The service also will increase stewardship and community buy-in, Friends of Whiskeytown official says. He's looking for this pilot bus service to become permanent during the summertime.
Aukland has said the cost for service to Whiskeytown will cost about $6,000 for fuel, bus maintenance and staffing. The bus could start service this Thursday. It's run will conclude in mid-August.
Anne Wallach Thomas of Shasta Living Streets says feedback she's receiving on social media has all been positive. People who no longer have cars will use the beach bus, she says. There's even talk from people about switching out flags in downtown for beach bus.
Healthy Shasta and the city's Community Services department will be promoting the bus service to Whiskeytown. Also there are plans to promote on TV and in RABA's social media accounts, Aukland says.