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By Colleen Brock | Source

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A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, celebrating a new solar-powered, LED lit Transportation Stop has been held at El Rios Villas Public Housing in Winter.

This partnership project was made possible for the nearly 500 El Rios Villas residents and the community, by Yolo County Transportation District, CalTrans and Yolo County Housing.

“This new transit stop really improves the safety and access of community members to transportation,” stated Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, chairwoman of the Yolo County Housing Commission and Winters mayor. “It shows what we can accomplish when we all work together to make a difference.”

Congressman John Garamendi was in attendance and addressed the crowd by saying “The El Rio Villas bus stop is a success story for our agencies working collaboratively. Together they efficiently used federal resources to strengthen local infrastructure while improving public safety in our rural communities.

“I commend the partners involved, including Yolo County Housing, Yolo County Transportation District and CalTrans for making this project a reality for our residents,” stated Garamendi.

“The need for this bus stop improvement at the El Rio Villas housing community was an environmental justice issue,” stated Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor, District 2 and chairman of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. “We all deserve safe access to public transit. These families also deserve a route to walk and bike safely across the freeway to services in the city of Winters, such as to the new Yolo County Health and Human Services Center. Why should children be waiting for a bus in a lawn chair near high speed vehicles, or riding a bike in a busy street because there isn’t a sidewalk? Interstate-505 may separate this community from the city of Winters, but with many people and jurisdictions working together we won’t allow it to be a divider.”

Before the improvements, residents were waiting on the side of a busy road, using lawn chairs as their bus bench, had no protection from the elements and children waiting were too close to fast moving traffic.

The Stop was moved off the busy road, within the El Rios neighborhood, and touts a 9-foot shelter with solar-powered lighting, benches, garbage can and a bike rack. This bus stop is served by Yolobus, 46 times a week and provides 27,000 rides per year on Route 220, according to Harold Anderson, chairman of Yolo County Transportation District and Winters councilman.

Other dignitaries in attendance were Ron Turner, senior field representative to Assemblyman Bill Dodd, and Yolo County Housing CEO, Lisa Baker.