Westminster

Little Saigon shuttle to be discussed

THE MOST POPULAR of four proposed "wraps" for the Little Saigon bus shuttle (OCTA image).

THE MOST POPULAR of four proposed “wraps” for the Little Saigon bus shuttle (OCTA image).

A free shuttle bus serving the Little Saigon commercial area will be the subject of discussion at Wednesday’s meeting of the Westminster City Council.

Councilwoman Diana Carey has asked that the matter be placed on the agenda. The shuttle service, slated to start on Oct. 31, was approved by the council on Sept. 28, but not without some controversy.

Councilwoman Margie Rice objected to spending $61,000 as the city’s share of operating the service on budgetary grounds, and colleagues Sergio Contreras and Diana Carey suggested that the scheduling was intended to occur before Election Day.

“I didn’t want this moved up to before the election,” she said. “It’s political.” The Little Saigon project has been championed by Andrew Do, who represents the First District on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. He is involved in what’s believed to be a tight re-election race with Michelle Martinez of Santa Ana.

The free shuttle will run on a quadrangle including Magnolia Street, Bolsa Avenue, Brookhurst Street and Bishop Place. Each bus will seat about 20 riders, and there and there will be a new bus along every 20 minutes or so between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. in its chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd. in Westminster.

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