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18 Nov 2019

2019 Stuff a Bus Food Drive

2019-11-18T15:14:40-08:00

Stuff a Bus Food Drive
HELP US STUFF-A-BUS!
The 13th annual Stuff-A-Bus Holiday Food Drive is here, which means it’s time again for the generous people of the Eastern Sierra to clear out their pantries and give a little to those in need this holiday season.
The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority in coordination with The Salvation Army, KIBS/KBOV Radio and Kmart will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items now thru December 6th.
Come out and visit the ESTA Team and bring your food donation to the KIBS/KBOV live remote in front of the Bishop Kmart on Saturday, November 23rd from 10:00am to 12 noon.
For any groups or businesses, who have group food collections, Eastern Sierra Transit will pick-up donations at no charge and deliver them to the Salvation Army. Call 872-1901 to schedule your donation pick-up.
THANK YOU for your generosity in this community event!

2019 Stuff a Bus Food Drive2019-11-18T15:14:40-08:00
15 Nov 2019

2019/20 Mammoth Winter Service Begins Today!

2019-11-15T11:19:23-08:00

Winter Service has begun in the Town of Mammoth Lakes as of November 15, 2019!  Red Line, Blue-Yellow Combo and the Winter Night Trolley are all up and running. On December 11, 2019 the Blue-Yellow Combo will end and the Blue Line, Yellow Line and Green Line will begin.

All routes within the Town of Mammoth Lakes are Fare Free so come check it out!

2019/20 Mammoth Winter Service Begins Today!2019-11-15T11:19:23-08:00
12 Nov 2019

MAMMOTH EXPRESS MULTI-RIDE FARE REDUCTION

2019-11-12T09:25:25-08:00

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 2019/20 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, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

MAMMOTH EXPRESS FARES
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
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 are also available for purchase online at https://www.estransit.com/product/mammoth-express/.

MAMMOTH EXPRESS MULTI-RIDE FARE REDUCTION2019-11-12T09:25:25-08:00
14 Oct 2019

Child Car Seat Requirements for Buses with Seatbelts

2019-10-14T15:56:12-07:00

Per California Vehicle Code, ESTA requires child car seats be used on all buses that are equipped with seatbelts as required by law.

Riders will be required to supply the proper child safety seat at the time of pick up for all children under eight years old unless they are 4’ 9” or taller.

Dial-a-ride vehicles and buses providing regional service have seatbelts and require car seats as outlined in this post. Fixed route buses  and trolleys in Mammoth Lakes generally do not have seatbelts. Please call 760-872-1901 ext. 22 if you have questions about a specific route.

These are the laws regarding children:

Children Under Eight Years Old

California law requires that all children under the age of eight be secured:

  • in an “appropriate” child passenger restraint system that meets federal standards
  • in a seat that is not in the front next to the driver.

The appropriateness of a car seat usually depends on the age and size of the child. But generally, it’s going to be one of three types: rear-facing, forward-facing, or a booster seat. However, for children who are 4’ 9” or taller, the law requires only a seatbelt.  (Cal. Veh. Code §§ 27360(a), 27363(d) (2017).)

Children Under Two Years Old

California enacted a new child safety seat law that took effect on January 1, 2017. The legislation requires all children who are under two years old to be secured:

  • in a rear-facing car seat that meets federal standards
  • in the back seat, and
  • in a manner that complies with the seat manufacturer’s height and weight specifications.

The rear-facing child seat requirement doesn’t apply for children weighing 40 pounds or more or who are 40 inches or taller. (Cal. Veh. Code § 27360(a) (2017).)

Children Between Eight and 16 Years Old

With children who are at least eight but less than 16 years old, drivers are responsible for ensuring the child is secured in an appropriate child seat or seatbelt. For many kids in this age range, a safety belt—rather than a car seat—is the appropriate type of restraint. (For more information on choosing the right car seat, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website.) (Cal. Veh. Code § 27360.5 (2017).)

Exceptions

A court can make an exception to any of the child safety restraint laws when application of the law would be impractical because of a child’s:

  • physical unfitness
  • medical condition, or size

And generally, a driver is excused from placing a child who is under eight years old in the back seat (see requirement above) when:

  • there is no back seat
  • the rear seats are side-facing jump seats
  • the back seats are rear facing
  • the child seat can’t be installed properly in the back seat
  • all the rear seats are occupied by children under the age of eight, or
  • medical reasons require that the child ride in a front seat.

A rear-facing car seat can’t, however, be put in the front seat when there are active front passenger airbags. (Cal. Veh. Code § 27363 (2017).)

Child Car Seat Requirements for Buses with Seatbelts2019-10-14T15:56:12-07:00
9 Sep 2019

Bishop Dial-a-Ride Check Point Change

2019-09-09T11:35:12-07:00

Effective Monday, September 16, 2019, Eastern Sierra Transit’s Bishop Dial-a-Ride will no longer have a 2:30 pm Check Point at the Warren Street stop behind Joseph’s. All other Check Point places and times will remain in effect.

Check Point Schedule

Bishop Dial-a-Ride Check Point Change2019-09-09T11:35:12-07:00
5 Sep 2019

MAMMOTH GRAN FONDO TRAFFIC & TRANSIT ADVISORY FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

2019-09-05T08:58:01-07:00

MAMMOTH GRAN FONDO TRAFFIC & TRANSIT ADVISORY FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

The Mammoth Gran Fondo road bike ride hosted by the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation (MMCF) will take place this Saturday, September 7, 2019 with almost 2,000 cyclists expected to participate. The start and finish line of this road bike ride are located in The Village on Canyon Blvd. As a result, a section of Canyon Blvd between Lake Mary Rd and Hillside Drive will be closed between 5:00AM and 8:00PM.
During this time frame, the bus stops in The Village on Canyon Blvd will be inaccessible, which will impact several public transit routes.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES TO THE STOPS ON THE FOLLOWING ROUTES FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019:

MAMMOTH BIKE PARK SHUTTLE
NEW STOP: Pick-up/drop-off will be at stop #18 on Minaret Rd across the street from Sushi Rei.

LAKES BASIN TROLLEY (ESTA)
NEW STOP: Pick-up/drop-off will be at the Village/ Minaret stop in front of Toomey’s.

PURPLE LINE (ESTA)
NEW STOP: Pick-up/drop-off will be at the Village/ Minaret stop in front of Toomey’s.

TOWN TROLLEY (ESTA)
NEW STOP: Pick-up/drop-off will be at stop #18 on Minaret Rd across the street from Sushi Rei, as well as at the regular Village/Minaret stop in front of Toomey’s.

MAMMOTH GRAN FONDO TRAFFIC & TRANSIT ADVISORY FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 20192019-09-05T08:58:01-07:00
5 Sep 2019

Schedule Update for the Lone Pine to Reno Route – Effective September 16, 2019

2019-09-09T10:04:12-07:00

Effective Monday, September 16, 2019, Eastern Sierra Transit will be updating stop times on the Lone Pine to Reno Route. More information can be found on the Lone Pine to Reno webpage: https://www.estransit.com/routes-schedule/395-routes/lone-pine-to-reno/

Schedule Update for the Lone Pine to Reno Route – Effective September 16, 20192019-09-09T10:04:12-07:00
21 Aug 2019

Schedule Changes for Bus Services and Weekend Parking Shuttle to Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile

2019-08-21T08:10:01-07:00

Beginning Monday, September 9th, the mandatory shuttle will end its daily service on the Reds Meadow Shuttle from the Adventure Center at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to Devils Postpile.

Services will be provided as listed below:
Now through September 4th – Road closed to vehicles 7am to 7pm
Shuttles operate on the following frequencies:
7:30am until 10:00am, and 4:00pm until 7:00pm; every 45 minutes or less
10:00 am until 4:00pm; every 20 minutes or less.
The last bus out of the Valley departs Reds Meadow Resort at 7:45pm

September 5 through September 8 – Road closed to vehicles 8:30am to 6pm
Shuttles operate 9:00am until 6:30pm with an approximate 30-minute frequency.
The last bus out of the Valley departs Reds Meadow Resort at 5:45pm

Weekends Only: Saturday, September 14 through Sunday October 13:

Road open to vehicles unless parking capacity is exceeded in designated parking areas.
During the weekends, due to parking capacity, the Devils Postpile parking lot will be closed from 10am to 3:30pm and visitors will be directed to park at Reds Meadow Resort and take the bus to the Devils Postpile. The complimentary, mandatory shuttle will operate from the parking area at Reds Meadow Resort to the Devils Postpile National Monument from 10am to 3:30 pm.
If there is no parking available at Devils Postpile and the shuttle is not running, vehicles must park at other designated parking areas in the valley.

The extended shuttle service is provided by the Town of Mammoth Lakes to improve safety and reduce congestion at popular destinations in the Reds Meadow Valley while visitors enjoy the golden fall colors.

Schedule Changes for Bus Services and Weekend Parking Shuttle to Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile2019-08-21T08:10:01-07:00
24 Jul 2019

FTA 5310 Notice of Public Hearing

2019-07-24T14:51:41-07:00

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that Eastern Sierra Transit Authority will hold a public hearing at 12:00 pm on  August 28, 2019  at Bishop Pizza Factory located at 970 N Main St, Bishop, CA 93514 to consider the following: 5310 Traditional Application for Vehicle Replacement to provide service to seniors and/or individuals with disabilities within Bishop, CA. Written comments and all questions should be addressed to the Administration Manager P.O. Box 1357 Bishop, CA 93515. Copies of the project staff report are available for review at the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority at 703-B Airport Road, Bishop CA, during regular business hours or access the project staff report here.

FTA 5310 Notice of Public Hearing2019-07-24T14:51:41-07:00
27 Jun 2019

REDS MEADOW SHUTTLE OPENING – 2019

2019-07-01T09:07:45-07:00

Thanks to the hard work of the National Forest Service, National Park Service and the Town of Mammoth Lakes, the Reds Meadow shuttle is scheduled to commence operation for the 2019 season on Thursday, July 4th. The shuttle operates from 7:30am until 7:00pm, with the last departure from Reds Meadow Resort at 7:45pm, and will operate seven days/week through September 4th. Further information about the Reds Meadow Shuttle is available by calling 760.924.3184.

REDS MEADOW SHUTTLE OPENING – 20192019-07-01T09:07:45-07:00
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