Santa Clarita will charter a bus to transport opponents of a proposed 7,200-unit housing tract to a Palmdale City Council meeting, hoping to prevent the project from adding to traffic problems in Santa Clarita.
The Santa Clarita City Council decided to spend $288 to hire the bus in response to a request from the Santa Clarita Citizens Transportation Committee and the Civic Assn., which are worried about the traffic impacts of the 10,625-acre Ritter Ranch project on local roads, said City Manager George Caravalho.
Santa Clarita city planners are also worried, especially about additional traffic on Bouquet Canyon Road, he said.
Although Santa Clarita frequently comments on projects in surrounding communities, this is the first time since it was incorporated four years ago that it has agreed to help organize a protest, said Gail Foy, Santa Clarita's spokeswoman.
"I'm amazed they're doing this," said Steve Buffalo, Palmdale's spokesman. Bouquet Canyon Road--a winding, narrow alternative to the Antelope Valley Freeway between Palmdale and Santa Clarita--"is a nice peaceful Sunday drive, but I can't see anyone taking it to work," he said.