<![CDATA[Terry Bassett Special to the Express The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation recently presented a $10,000 check to the Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD), which will allow youth age 18 and under to ride Yolobus fixed route bus service for free. “We are excited we’re able to participate. We’re happy to be able to participate and to donate to giving kids free rides,” said Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Tribal Council Member Mia Durham, after she presented the check to the board. “I know a lot of youth here in Woodland and Yolo County, and it’s definitely beneficial to them. Thank you, guys, for signing up, going through our portal and our very in-depth conversations. We really appreciate it.” This last August, the YCTD board approved a proposal to allow youth age 18 and under to ride Yolobus fixed route services for free from Sept. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2019. At the time, it was noted that some $33,000 in outside revenue would be needed to make up for the lost fare revenue as the result of the youth ride free program. YCTD was successful in receiving a $10,000 check from Transdev, the Yolobus contractor, along with pledges for $3,000 each from the County of Yolo, Cities of Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland, and $500 each from Yolo County Housing and the City of Winters. That $23,000 in contributions left a $10,000 gap in meeting the $33,000 target. A request was made of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to cover that gap. The proposal was reviewed by Tribal staff and eventually the Tribal Council, which approved the request. “I am pleased to announce that from Sept. 1 to Nov. 14, free rides increased by 18,242 (a 298 percent increase) compared to the same period last year, when the program didn’t exist.” Said Terry Bassett, YCTD Executive Director. “I think it has been well-received,” said Bassett. Bassett also indicated that early on, he met or communicated directly with key personnel from five unified school districts in Yolo County, whose students could benefit from the proposed program. He also met with Lisa Baker, Executive Director of Yolo Housing in setting up the program, as well as with management from the four incorporated cities and the County of Yolo. Yolobus is continuing to support youth riders by offering unlimited free rides to youth 18 and younger throughout its fixed route service area. Beginning Sept. 1 kids can ride at no cost to school, the movies, recreational activities, after school programs or anywhere that Yolobus fixed route bus service and YOUR Ride (Knights Landing microtransit) travels. Yolobus provides over 1.2 million rides a year. For more information visit http://www.yolobus.com, or call 530-666-BUSS (2877).]]>
Yocha Dehe Tribe donates $10,000 for youth to ride Yolobus for free
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation recently donated $10,000 to the Yolo County Transportation District, which allows youth age 18 and under to ride Yolobus fixed route bus service for free.