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New Shuttle Connects Sprinter to Downtown



    New Shuttle Connects Sprinter to Downtown
    John Koster/North County Times
    Matt McDowell, 22, waits next to the shuttle he uses to drive Palomar Medical Center employees to and from the hospital and the Sprinter station in Escondido.

    Employees in downtown Escondido got a new commuting option Monday when a special shuttle began taking them back and forth from the Sprinter station on Quince Street, which is about three-quarters of a mile west of downtown, according to a published report.

    The free shuttle is available to all employees at the 800 businesses represented by the Downtown Business Association, including the 1,600 employees at Palomar Medical Center and the 230 workers at Escondido City Hall. The hospital is covering 90 percent of the $32,860 annual price tag for the shuttle, with the merchants association and the city paying the rest.

    While the North County Transit District has set up special public bus routes serving each of the 15 Sprinter stations, this is the third "private" shuttle to begin operating since the Sprinter was launched in March.

    Find out how many employees took advantage of the service and more information on the shuttle schedule, go to The North County Times.