Commute club needs more riders

The Valley of the Moon Commute Bus Club could ride off into the sunset sometime in May if ridership doesn’t pick up.

The club, which was started in 1973, at one point had five buses running daily between Sonoma and San Francisco. Now, it runs a single bus from Schellville to San Francisco – four days a week.

The bus, which operates Monday through Thursday, leaves the Park and Ride at the corner of Arnold Drive and Highway 121 at 5.55 a.m. making eight stops in San Francisco where it ends at Mission and 9th. It makes six stops on its return run in the afternoon, getting back to Schellville at about 6 p.m.

Jean Claassens, one of the riders, said a number of things have contributed to the decline in ridership, including job changes, retirements and the ability to telecommute.

“Two years ago, we were averaging about 28 riders a day,” she said. “Now we’re down to about 14.”

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