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Huntington Park continues bus service

HUNTINGTON PARK — There will be no interruption in the city’s fixed-route bus service following action by the City Council May 4.

Council members agreed to extend the contract of the current provider, the Oldtimers Foundation of Huntington Park, to at least June 1 and increase the compensation to $53 an hour, pending negotiations with Metro Transit Inc., to take over the route.

City Manager John A. Ornelas said the Oldtimers, which previously announced it would stop service April 30, has agreed to the extension.

He said he hoped to work out a contract with Metro owner Victor Caballero, formerly associated with Fiesta Taxi, for the new agreement.

Jose Solache, interim chief executive director of the Oldtimers Foundation, a nonprofit organization, had announced in March that the foundation wished to use the 30-day notice provision of its contract to end service at the end of April. He explained that rising costs made it financially difficult to continue fixed-route bus service in Huntington Park.