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Planners Eye Shuttle to Suisun

The weekday commuter bus linking Napa and Solano counties would use grant funding and split the remaining bill, according to NCTPA director Paul W. Price. Do we need a shuttle to Fairfield and Suisun City? Would you ride it? Read on, and take our polls.

A Highway 12 shuttle service connecting Napa with the Suisun City Amtrak station could become a reality with the help of grant funding from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

In a letter to the board of the , included in the agenda packet attached to this article, executive director Paul W. Price explains that the regional air quality district is required to return to counties a portion of the $4 per auto registration it collects each year, in order to fund projects promoting cleaner air.

"This project proposes the establishment of a new, viable, and direct weekday morning and evening shuttle service connecting the multi-modal regional transit hub in Napa, California with the multi-modal train station hub in Suisun City with stops at the Fairfield Transportation Center in Fairfield, California, Napa Airport/Gateway Junction, and the Napa Valley College," Price writes.

Two buses, running on compressed natural gas, would serve as the shuttle vehicles, according to Price's board letter.

He is asking the NCTPA board to approve a grant application for $312,000 from the air district, with a local match of $103,700 split between the transportation agencies of Napa and Solano county for a total of $415,700 in the first year of operation.

The board meets Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and the complete agenda packet is attached.

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