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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, July 13, 2015

Today, 7/11/15—Santa Barbara County Officials Launch New Clean Air Express Saturday Service Connecting Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara

CAPTION: Santa Barbara County Officials Cut the Ribbon Today (7/11/15) on New, Clean Air Express Bus Service Connecting Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara for the first time at the Launch Event in Buellton. Left to right: Kathy Vreeland, Buellton Visitors Bureau; Buellton Mayor Holly Sierra, Buellton Vice Mayor Ed Andrisek, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara County 3rd District Supervisor Doreen Farr, SBCAG Board Chair & Solvang Mayor Jim Richardson, Santa Barbara County 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Tracy Farhad, Solvang Visitors Bureau and Shelby Sim, Visit Santa Ynez Valley. Immediately after the ribbon cutting ceremony, the bus departed Buellton on its first Saturday trip at 9:30 a.m. with 13 lucky passengers aboard. Passengers on the launch day rode the route for free throughout the day. The regular fare is $7.00 per person each way (buy at boarding) or a booklet of 10 passes is $50 in advance. Children age two years & under ride free.
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CAPTION: The new Clean Air Express Saturday bus made its second stop at Solvang Park at Mission Drive & First Street where Solvang Mayor Jim Richardson, Santa Barbara County First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal and Solvang Visitors Bureau staff welcomed boarding passengers with a banner. Then, the bus travelled down scenic Highway 154 (San Marcos Pass Road) to Santa Barbara with stops at La Cumbre Plaza; Mid-town, Paseo Nuevo and the Beach Area/Funk Zone/Train Station—where Solvang Visitor Bureau staff welcomed more passengers (pictured); then arrived back in the Santa Ynez Valley with stops in Solvang, Buellton and Los Olivos. A second round trip operates in the afternoon from Los Olivos, Buellton, Solvang, and Santa Barbara with a return to Solvang and Buellton. For the first time, this new Clean Air Express Saturday public bus service allows anyone in Santa Barbara to travel to Buellton, Solvang and Los Olivos for the day—and anyone in Buellton and Solvang to travel to Santa Barbara for the day.

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CAPTION: The new Clean Air Express Saturday service features charter-style buses with free Wi-Fi, reclining seats and internal bays for transporting bicycles. For complete schedule and route info, call 805-692-1902 or visit www.CleanAirExpress.com

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Funding partners for the first year of the new Clean Air Express Saturday service are Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, County of Santa Barbara, Buellton Visitors Bureau, Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau and Visit Santa Ynez Valley.
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Contact

Scott Spaulding, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), www.SBCAG.org
Office: 805-961-8920; cell on-site: 805-708-3300 or sspaulding@sbcag.org
OR Laura Kath, Media Relations Director, Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau, www.SolvangUSA.com
Office: 805-344-1717; cell on-site: 805-570-4540 or laura@mariahmarketing.com

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