In the recent article “Little Saigon tries shuttles to ease congestion and boost tourism,” the L.A. Times profiled the community of Little Saigon and the shuttle that has served it since October. The Little Saigon Shuttle is provided through a partnership with OCTA and the City of Westminster and is funded by Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
With 22 stops along a 2.5-mile loop bounded by Bolsa, Bishop Place and Magnolia and Brookhurst streets, the shuttle allows residents and visitors to more easily access resources and businesses in the community, This service is free to ride and connects passengers to more than 400 restaurants and 3,500 Vietnamese-owned businesses.
A business owner quoted in the article explained why the shuttle is so valuable to the community. "Being in such an impacted area, having the shuttle is a great need and benefit to business owners, shopkeepers and people who frequent this neighborhood," said Tam Nguyen, owner of Advance Beauty College. "The businesses here are evolving into second-generation businesses, passed on through families — and I see all the crowds of shoppers and tourists here as major sign of growth and evolution, being here 30 years in the area. My observation of Little Saigon is that it's not so little anymore." To read the entire article, click here.
For more about the operation and history of the Little Saigon Shuttle, visit here.