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November 2016

Gray Line Ends Dec. 16

The Gray Line in Mammoth Lakes will cease operation after Friday, December 16, 2016.  The majority of the current Gray Line service area will be serviced by the Red Line, Green Line and by expansion of the Purple Line and the Town Trolley route.  Ridership on the Gray Line has been declining for several years and a decision was made to use the funding from the Gray Line to fund year-round expansion of the Town Trolley route in order to provide service to the Meridian Boulevard area between Old Mammoth Road and Juniper Springs Resort.  This Meridian Boulevard area was identified as a service gap in ESTA’s most recent Short Range Transit Plan.  Individuals who use the Gray Line to or from destinations out Old Mammoth Road beyond Aspen Village can contact Dial-A-Ride at 760.914.1315 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm for service into town.  Contact Eastern Sierra Transit at 760.924.3184 for additional information.

October 2016

Mammoth Regional Routes Bus Stop to Move

The bus stop for ESTA’s regional routes (Lone Pine to Reno, and Mammoth Express) will be relocating as a result of the closure of the Mammoth lakes McDonald’s, where the stop is currently located.  Effective Monday, October 24th, the stop will be relocated to the Vons shopping center parking lot adjacent to the area currently used by the Purple and Gray Lines (near the southwest corner of the parking lot).  The Mammoth Express and Lone Pine-Reno route times will be unchanged as a result of the relocation of the stop.

Mammoth – Winter Transit Workshop

The Mammoth Lakes Planning and Economic Development Commission will hold a Winter Transit Workshop in conjunction with its regular meeting on October 12, 2016 at 2:00pm in Town Council Chambers (Suite Z).  Members of the public and business community are encouraged to provide input to the Commission at this important transit workshop, which will focus on proposed modifications for the winter-time transit services.   Specific modifications that will be discussed include:

  • Rerouting of the Purple Line near the Quality Inn
  • Rerouting of the Town Trolley and Blue Lines to Hillside Drive by the Westin
  • Relocation of the Mammoth Express and Reno route bus stop from McDonald’s
  • Modification of the Town Trolley route to expand service along Meridian Boulevard to Juniper Springs Resort

The Planning and Economic Development Commission, ESTA staff, and Town staff are asking for public input at the meeting, or in any written form, noting the importance of current transit services to you, our guests, employees, and businesses.  Many changes and improvements have come about as a result of past suggestions from local transit riders.  Participants are requested to bring questions or suggestions about our local transit service to the workshop.  Representatives from the Town and ESTA will be available to address all comments and questions.  A goal of the workshop is to solicit comments and suggestions to help find the best means to continue to meet the transit needs of the community.  In addition, the public is encouraged to provide input of any unmet needs of the transportation system.   Written e-mail comments should be directed to Grady Dutton, Public Works Director (gdutton@townofmammothlakes.ca.gov), John Helm, ESTA Executive Director (jhelm@estransit.com), or addressed to P.O. Box 1609, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.

March 2017

January 2017

Limited Service to Resume to Old Mammoth

The Old Mammoth Limited route will begin Monday, January 23rd  providing limited service to the Old Mammoth area Monday through Friday.   This new service is intended to address concerns raised by area residents and businesses following the cessation of the Gray Line service last month and is a pilot program service which will operate through the spring in order to gauge demand and ridership from the area.  The service will be focused on employees traveling to work in the Minaret Village Mall and Mammoth Hospital area; students; and persons wishing to transfer to other fixed routes including the Purple, Red, and Green Lines.  The new limited service will operate Monday through Friday and will provide three runs in the morning beginning at 7:13am; two afternoon return runs from the school area to Old Mammoth, and one evening return run from the Hospital and Minaret Village Mall area to Old Mammoth.  Click the following link to view the Old Mammoth Limited schedule.

October 2016

Lone Pine Express Route Expansion & Fare Reduction

Eastern Sierra Transit is making travel between Lone Pine and Bishop a little easier.  Starting Monday, October 31, 2016, there will an additional run on the Lone Pine Express route to accommodate those who wish to spend a half day in Bishop.  Three days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) the bus will depart Lone Pine McDonalds at 11:45am. with stops in Independence  at 12:00pm, Big Pine at 12:35pm and arriving in Bishop at 12:55pm.

There are now four departure times from Lone Pine north to Bishop. The new departure times are:

North from Lone Pine – McDonalds
M- F M- F M, W, F Only M- F
6:15am 8:30am 11:45am 5:00pm

There are three departure times from Bishop south to Lone Pine Monday through Friday:

South from Bishop – Vons/Kmart
7:00am 1:15pm 6:30pm

Commuting with Eastern Sierra Transit is very economical with 50% off the 10-Punch pass.  The 10-Punch passes has one rate for all passengers including adults, seniors, youth and disabled. The new reduce pass price will go into effect October 31, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Lone Pine Express
10-Punch Pass Fare Reduction
Bishop to: Big Pine $17.00
  Aberdeen $26.00
  Independence $29.00
  Lone Pine $33.00
Big Pine to: Aberdeen $16.00
  Independence $20.00
  Lone Pine $26.00
Aberdeen to: Independence $16.00
  Lone Pine $23.00
Independence to: Lone Pine $16.00

The Lone Pine Express is a versatile route that accommodates many needs of the community including

  • Commuters from Bishop and Big Pine going to work in Independence.
  • South County resident coming to Bishop for work, shopping, medical and social activities for a full or half day
  • 6:15am bus from Lone Pine connects with 395 Route going to Reno
  • 11:45am bus connect to the Mammoth Express going to Mammoth
  • All busses have bike racks

The Expansion of the Lone Pine Express and the reduction of pass price have been made possible through an Inyo County Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) grant funding.

September 2016

Reds Meadow Intra-Valley Shuttle

A free shuttle will operate on weekends through October 2nd providing service between Reds Meadow Resort and the Devils Postpile Ranger Station.  The shuttle will operate from 10:00am until 3:45pm and will alleviate overcrowded parking at Devils Postpile.  On weekends, from 10 to 3, parking will be available at Reds Meadow Resort, and the free shuttle will provide a means to travel to and from Devils Postpile Ranger Station.  The shuttle will also make it possible to thru-hike between Reds Meadow Resort, Rainbow Falls, and Devils Postpile.  From Reds Meadow Resort, it is possible to hike direct to Rainbow Falls, direct to Devils Postpile, or to Devils Postpile via Rainbow Falls. The free shuttle makes it possible to ride back to your car from Devils Postpile, or to reverse the order and ride to Devils Postpile then hike back to Reds Meadow Resort via Rainbow Falls.  In addition, one trip per weekend day will be operated from the Town of Mammoth Lakes to Devils Postpile and Reds Meadow Resort.  The free shuttle will depart the Mammoth Park & Ride bus stop on Old Mammoth Road at 9:00am, the Village on Canyon Boulevard (by the Bike Park Shuttle loading area) at 9:05am, and will arrive at Reds Meadow Resort at 9:55am.  The return trip to Mammoth Lakes will depart Reds Meadow Resort at 3:30pm, Devils Postpile Ranger Station at 3:45pm and will arrive at The Village at 4:30pm.

REQUEST FOR BIDS – VEHICLE FUEL

Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) requests bids for vehicle fuel for the ESTA’s fleet vehicles.  The proposed pricing is to be effective from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 with the option for a one year extension.  Proposals are due November 1, 2016. rfq-fuel-2016

June 2016

MAMMOTH EXPRESS MULTI-RIDE FARE REDUCTION

This past spring Eastern Sierra Transit and Mono County submitted a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) grant application for fare reduction on multi-ride 10-Punch passes on the Mammoth Express routes. ESTA learned in mid-June that the grant application had been awarded for the FY 2016/17 fare reduction project.

The (LCTOP) provides formula funding for approved operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

The approved LCTOP funds are to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by increasing use of public transportation by offering a significant fare reduction on multi-ride 10-Punch passes of ~50% on the Mammoth Express route.  The fare reduction on multi-ride 10-Punch passes would be available on all runs of the Mammoth Express route including: the north-bound 6:50am, 7:30am, 1:00pm and 6:10pm between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes; south-bound 7:50am, 2:05pm, 5:15pm and 7:00pm between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.

The 10-Punch passes would have one rate for all passengers including adults, seniors, youth and disabled. The new fares will go into effect July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

 

MAMMOTH EXPRESS FARES

July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

One Way NEW 10-Punch
  Adult Disc 10-Punch
Bishop to: Millcreek $3.00 $2.50 $15.00
  Rovana $3.50 $3.00 $15.00
  Tom’s Place $4.00 $3.50 $18.00
  Crowley $4.50 $4.00 $20.00
  Mammoth $7.00 $6.00 $30.00
Millcreek to: Rovana $2.50 $2.00 $12.00
  Tom’s Place $2.75 $2.25 $13.00
  Crowley $3.00 $2.50 $14.00
  Mammoth $6.50 $5.50 $28.00
Rovana to: Tom’s Place $2.75 $2.25 $13.00
  Crowley $3.00 $2.50 $14.00
  Mammoth $6.50 $5.50 $28.00
Tom’s Place to: Crowley $2.00 $1.75 $9.00
  Mammoth $4.00 $3.50 $18.00
Crowley to: Mammoth $3.00 $2.50 $15.00

The multi-ride 10-punch passes can be purchase from the driver and will soon be available for purchase online at estransit.com.

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