By Paul Sisson
North County Times
Rather than run its own shuttles, Palomar Health will rely on public transportation to connect its two Escondido hospital campuses.
Barbara Hamilton, sustainability manager for the public health care district, said Palomar will pay about $90,000 this year to the North County Transit District to defray the cost of running Route 353 which started driving past the towering new hospital on West Citracado Parkway in March.
Hamilton said working with the transit district made more financial sense than having Palomar Health buy, maintain and operate its own shuttles to connect the new hospital with the existing Palomar Medical Center campus in downtown Escondido.
"We're going to be able to get our people from one hospital to the other in about 18 minutes on the bus. That's faster than they could do it in their own car when you consider finding parking," Hamilton said.
She said that when the new hospital opens in August, employees will sometimes need to move between the two hospitals for training meetings and other activities.
With the bus agreement, Palomar employees will be able to board and ride the Route 353 bus simply by showing their hospital IDs.
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