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Galt moves forward with transportation plan to serve downtown Sacramento, Consumes River College

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Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:35 am, Thu Feb 23, 2012.

More than a dozen students who live in Galt will have to find a new way to get to their private school come fall after the Galt City Council adopted a transportation plan to eliminate the Galt-to-Florin Road service.

Meanwhile, service to Consumes River College and thrice-daily trips to downtown Sacramento are expected to be added. Galt bus riders will be able to access a number of county offices and hospitals under the proposal.

The transit changes still require approval from the Board of Supervisors, expected in early March.

It was approved by the city council with a 3-0 vote Tuesday. Vice Mayor Marylou Powers and Councilman Randy Shelton were absent.

The plan is to swap out current service to Florin Road for a new route that will transport Galt residents to the closest community college in Elk Grove.

But parents of Cristo Rey High School students protested the proposal, as it would leave them struggling to find a new way to school. About 15 low-income Galt students take public transportation to the private Catholic school daily, according to parents.

Aside from those riders, the Florin Road bus stop declined in popularity when the mall there closed, and transit officials would like to serve college students who want to take courses at Consumes River.

There are approximately 50 interested students, according to Virginia Menezes, who works in career centers at both Galt and Liberty Ranch high schools.

There is also interest to create commuter service to downtown Sacramento.

Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Barbara Payne publicly appointed former high school district trustee Terry Parker to serve on a new redevelopment oversight board.

Payne also announced she chose Finance Director Inez Kirui as a city representative to the seven-member board, required after the city's redevelopment agency was dissolved.

The action was necessary when the state Supreme Court determined the Legislature was within its rights to dissolve redevelopment agencies to divert taxpayer funds to schools and other agencies.

Starting May 1, Galt's former redevelopment agency will be governed by the oversight board. The remaining members will include county representatives. The state Department of Finance, in turn, will have the final word over the each board's actions.

Parker, a real estate agent, was chosen by Payne because of her familiarity with development, Payne said.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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