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Bishop Area Transit Survey

Eastern Sierra Transit wants to know what you think about Public Transit in the Bishop area.  Have you used public transit?  How would you get to the store if your car was in the shop?  Clink the link and let us know - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BishopAreaTransitSurvey

Customer Satisfaction Survey - Bishop Dial-A-Ride

Eastern Sierra Transit is conducting a Bishop Dial-A-Ride Customer Satisfaction Survey.  Please take a moment to let us know how we are doing. Click the link to start your survey - www.surveymonkey.com/s/BishopDARCustomerSatisfaction   Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Fare Promotions

Two fare promotions are currently being offered to reduce the cost to travel on several of ESTA's services.

1.  Guests of passengers traveling on Bishop Dial-a-Ride within Zone 1 can travel for a flat $1.00 fare.  This represents as much as a 66% discount ($2.00) from the previous fare for an adult.  To take advantage of this new fare promotion, the guest must travel with the primary passenger at the same time from exactly the same trip origin adress to the same trip destination (in other words, make the same trip as the primary passenger).  This also means that parents can now bring their kids along for just a buck.

2.  A free Bishop area Zone 1 round trip ticket will be provided to all passengers purchasing a round trip ticket on the Lone Pine Express route, or the Mammoth Express Route.  This will allow passengers traveling to Bishop to be able to get around town more economically while they're in Bishop.

Both of these promotions are in effect through July of 2014. 

Mammoth Night Trolley To Be Scaled Back April 6th

The Night Trolley service in Mammoth will operate from 5:40pm until 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday beginning Sunday, April 6, 2014.  The Trolley will continue to operate until 2:00am Friday and Saturday nights through Saturday April 19th.  Beginning Sunday April 20, the Trolley will operate from 5:40pm  until 10:00pm 7 nights per week.

MAMMOTH WEEKEND DIAL-A-RIDE SERVICE TO BE DISCONTINUED IN SEPTEMBER

Effective Saturday, September 7, 2013, weekend dial-a-ride service will be discontinued in Mammoth Lakes.  Weekend ridership for the dial-a-ride service over that past year has been very low and, in an effort to use scarce transit dollars most efficiently, the weekend dial-a-ride service will be discontinued as of September 7th.

EXACT FARE WILL BE REQUIRED STARTING JULY 1, 2013

Starting Monday, July 1st
Please have your pass or exact fare ready when you board.


NO CASH CHANGE WILL BE GIVEN!
 Change will be provided in ESTA tickets for use for future bus trips.

THE LONE PINE BUS STOP IS MOVING!

Effective Monday, July 1st:
McDonald’s
(601 S. Main Street, Lone Pine)

 will be the new bus stop for the Lone Pine Express and the 395 Route

ESTA TO LAUNCH COMPUTERIZED DISPATCH SYSTEM

The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) recently purchased a computerized schedule and dispatch system, RouteMatch Software, for the dial-a-ride service in Bishop.  This schedule and dispatch system was 100% funded through a combination of state and federal transit grants.The RouteMatch Demand Response Software is specifically designed for rural agencies with the ability to meet the unique needs of the Bishop dial-a-ride service.  A few of the features offered with this system include; data management and coordination, scheduling and route optimization, and real time service monitoring. What this means for ESTA’s passengers is easier appointment scheduling, more accurate arrival time information, and a reduction in overall wait times. The RouteMatch system allows for more effective routing of the vehicles through the utilization of tablet computer technology, including an automatic vehicle location system. ESTA’s dispatch staff will be able to schedule rides more efficiently by being able to view the vehicle locations in real time.  Dispatch and driving staff will be able to communicate directly through the tablets, which will record the trip information thereby reducing the driver and dispatcher’s administrative tasks.  The system includes a built in safety feature that disables the tablet any time the vehicle is in motion. The RouteMatch Software system is expected to be in full operation by April 2013. This new software system will allow Eastern Sierra Transit to enhance the quality of the dial-a-ride service for passengers in the Bishop area by building on current features such as the ability to make both advanced reservation and immediate response trip requests, as well as personalized door-to-door assistance.  For further information, contact Eastern Sierra Transit at 760.872.1901

Mammoth Summer Transit Service

The Summer Transit Services in Mammoth Lakes will be in full operation as of Saturday, June 29th.  The Town Trolley service operates fropm 9:00am until 10:00pm on a 20-minute frequency.  Last departure is from SnowCreek Athletic Club at 9:30pm.  The Purple and Gray Lines operate their regular schedule with 30-minute frequency from 7:00am until 6:00pm (last departure from Vons at 5:30pm).  Dial-a-Ride is available from 8:00am until 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00am until 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Lakes Basin Trolley operates from 9:00am until 6:00pm, with the last departure from The Village at 5:00pm and from Horeshoe Lake at 5:30pm.

DRIVERS WANTED

The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority is seeking responsible and energetic Commercial Drivers for Year-Round and Seasonal Public Transit in the Mammoth Lakes area. Commercial License, Passenger Endorsements and Airbrake Certificate is preferred, training may be provided for selected applicants. Driving rate:  $13.67 to $16.15 per hr.  Pre-employment and random drug screening required.  Applications can be found on the jobs tab or Call 760-872-1901 ext. 13.

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