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North Creek business group hopes to grow shuttle

— The North Creek Business Alliance is a not-for-profit organization. There are no dues. There are no members. It is simply a loosely bound group of concerned citizens who volunteer their time to improve the business climate of their community. They meet every Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at barVino on Main Street.

“Anyone who is willing to come here and voice their opinion and participate does so at their own initiative,” Beaudin said.

For its 2013 county application for occupancy tax money, the Business Alliance has asked for money to buy a trolley for summer transportation in North Creek.

The North Creek Business Alliance has been using its eight-passenger golf cart to transport visitors around town in the summer. Volunteers pick up train passengers from the North Creek Depot and shuttle them up and down Main Street throughout the day seven days a week. The summer shuttle was not funded through the occupancy tax.

“The ridership on the train, we were just told, was double what it was a year ago during the summer,” Beaudin said. “So we will be becoming a year-round destination here. We believe this summer shuttle is going to be as important to us as a community as the winter shuttle has.”

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