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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.
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.
Notice is given that ESTA proposes to edit the Authority’s Conflict of Interest (PDF) by adding and additional Designated Position.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), John Helm, ESTA Executive Director (email@example.com), or addressed to P.O. Box 1609, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.
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.
The regular meeting of the ESTA Board of Directors has been rescheduled to June 29, 2016 at 2:00pm at the Bishop City Council Chambers.
Effective Monday, May 2nd, ESTA and Mammoth Area Transit will transition into Phase 2 of the 2016 spring transit service. This change will include the cessation of service of the full Red Line and the start of the day time Trolley service. The Trolley will operate from 7:30am until 10:00pm from May 2nd until Memorial Day (anticipated). During this period, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will operate a shuttle service between The Village and Main Lodge from 7:45am until 4:45pm.
ESTA is in beta-test mode with a new real-time bus information system, which is expected to be functional and available in Mammoth within the next few weeks. The new system, Swiftly, will provide quick access to accurate real-time transit information and live maps with vehicle locations. In addition, the Swiftly mobile app also contains a real-time trip planner to help users compare the travel time and price of a variety of transportation options, including walking, biking, transit, rideshare, and more. The Swiftly link at the top of our Home page provides access to route information for buses operating on the Red Line, Purple Line and Town Trolley. Stay tuned for future announcements about this exciting new transit amenity.