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Eagle Point City Council finalizing bus route measure

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Tue, June 24 2014 at 10:27 PM, Updated: Tue, June 24 2014 at 11:16 PM

Eagle Point, Ore.-- Come November there could be another option for transportation. That's when voters will decide whether or not they want a bus route in Eagle Point.

Gregory Shaw cruises down Eagle Point's Main Street on his bike often. He said it's mostly because there's no other way to get around.

"I'm 62, I'm retired, I'm a veteran, I have to go ride my bike and it's economical."

Mayor, Bob Russell led a meeting Tuesday night where  council finalized the wording of a ballot measure for a contract with the Rogue Valley Transportation District or RVTD.

"I think it's good for economic development. I think it's good for youth going to RCC for instance."

He said it's a plan that's been in the works for two years.

"I've been mayor now for four years and they all say. 'When are we going to get a bus'? but people don't realize you have to pay for bus service."

Russell said commuters will pay their fare but in order to get bus line up and running, Eagle Point homeowners will need to pay roughly 100 dollars in property taxes per year.

If approved, the route would go from the Eagle Point Wal-Mart to White City where connecting buses can take riders as far south as Ashland.

Riders like Gregory Shaw said it might cost money but a new bus line would save valuable time.

Mayor Russell said RVTD still has to give it the final okay and if the bus measure passes then it could take up to a year from November for the bus route to start.

      

    

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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.

She loves food, music and the San Francisco Giants. She lives by the slogan “viva la vida!”

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