By Jake Lee Green
Kern Valley Sun
Good news is in store for travelers from the Kern River Valley heading down south into Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire for the holiday season. Kern Transit has announced that it will offer daily rides into Santa Clarita with seven roundtrips per day.
The Kern Transit would bring passengers as far as the Santa Clarita Metrolink Station where they could board the Metrolink and connect with the greater Los Angeles area and Inland Empire. This additional route was created as part of a two-year pilot project funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program and is meant to help those traveling from Kern County to Los Angeles County.
For five dollars an individual can board the Kern Transit with a one-way ticket from Bakersfield, Calif. This appears to be the most conveniently cheap way for folks from the Kern River Valley to connect to counties south of Kern.
Of the seven round trips from Bakersfield, four are considered to be express routes, two in the morning and two in the evening to accommodate folks needing to commute for work. Pick-ups for this specific route will begin at GET Downtown Transit Center and also pick-up at the Valley Plaza Mall. The ending of the route will drop off passengers at the Santa Clarita McBean Transit Center and the Metrolink Station.
For local residents getting an early start, this will be fairly convenient. On any given Monday through Friday, boarding will begin at 6:00 a.m., at the Lake Isabella Senior Center, and would put a passenger in Bakersfield, at the Downtown Transfer Station, with nine minutes to spare before boarding the Santa Clarita connection at 7:20 a.m.
Included in the bus routes are special amenities provided onboard. Amenities that include disability accommodation, USB ports, reclining leather seats, electrical outlets, and ample legroom. For more information on purchasing tickets or information on daily schedules, please visit KernTransit.org.