Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington granted the local Forest Folk $2,500 for their shuttle bus service program.

These are Community Improvement Designation funds and will be used to pay drivers and purchase gasoline for the shuttle service.

Earlier this year, Forest Folk received a $157,000, three-year grant from the Riverside County Transportation Commission to initiate the shuttle service.

Last week, the Town Crier reported that Reba Coulter of Forest Folk said the group envisions a fixed-route system, with designated pick-up points in the Idyllwild and Pine Cove areas.

“We’re thinking, based on demand, perhaps three days a week, maybe Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” she said. “We’ll accommodate those who might not be able to get to the designated pick-up points, especially those who are older or disabled.

“We know there’s a need, we just don’t yet know how much of a need.”

Coulter said the group already has a scheduler/dispatcher and a phone number dedicated to van transport — 951-292-UHOP (8467).