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Atlantic City considers banning casino shuttles

7 September 2007

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "City Council introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would ban the Harrah's 'Total Express' shuttles from the resort streets.

"Several dozen jitney drivers loudly clapped and cheered the 9-0 council vote on the ordinance that seemed designed to protect their businesses. They waved signs that said 'Stop Harrah's' and ''

"Seven-year driver Vicki Piperato said she and her husband, Bob, support themselves and two children driving resort jitneys. 'I voted them (casinos) in to better the community, not to take from us,' she said.

"President William Marsh said council will seek meetings with officials from the Atlantic City Jitney Association and Harrah's Entertainment before the final council vote on the ordinance.

"...The casino is willing to talk, said David J. Satz, Harrah's entertainment vice president for government relations and development.

"...Harrah's started the free service last October, ferrying casino patrons between its properties - Harrah's Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Bally's Atlantic City and the Showboat Casino Hotel..."

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