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21 Dec 2018

Bus Security Camera Purchase RFPQ 2018-001


The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) invites you to submit a quote for the work described below. All questions and quotes should be directed to:
Phil Moores
Project Manager
760-872-1901 x12
Quotes due January 4, 2019, 2:00pm

Bus Security Camera Purchase RFPQ 2018-0012018-12-21T14:09:27-07:00
20 Nov 2018

Stuff-A Bus



 The 12th 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 November 16th thru December 7th.

Come out and visit ESTA Staff and bring your food donation to the KIBS/KBOV live remote in front of the Bishop Kmart on Saturday, December 1st 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!

Stuff-A Bus2018-12-12T13:50:38-07:00
19 Oct 2018

Bishop Operations Yard Shade Canopy Installation


The Eastern Sierra Transit will receive sealed bids for the work shown on the plans entitled:
Bishop Operations Yard Shade Canopy Installation
Bids will be received at the Office of Eastern Sierra Transit Authority located at:
703b Airport Road
Bishop, CA 93514
until 3:00PM on Monday November 5, 2018 at which time they will be publicly opened and
Proposal forms and Contract Documents for this work are included in the specifications. (PDF)

Bishop Operations Yard Shade Canopy Installation2018-12-12T13:50:45-07:00
7 May 2018

Financial Services RFP


ESTA is soliciting proposals for the provision of financial audit services for a 3-year period beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. The Financial Services Request for Proposals (PDF) document can be downloaded by clicking the link.
Proposals are due by 4:00pm on June 11, 2018.

This RFP was updated on 5/12/2018 to include a sample contract.

Financial Services RFP2018-05-12T12:54:31-07:00
12 Feb 2018

ESTA Recruiting Executive Director


ESTA is seeking a hands-on leader to serve as its next Executive Director.  Additional details and application information can be found on our Jobs Page.

ESTA Recruiting Executive Director2018-07-13T13:53:45-07:00
18 Jan 2018

Carson City – New Stop Location


Effective February 1, 2018, the location for the Carson City stop for ESTA’s 395 north route from Lone Pine to Reno will move to the JAC stop at Hot Springs and Retail by the Walmart.  This route will no longer stop at The Nugget in Carson City after January 31st.  

Carson City – New Stop Location2018-06-21T11:56:55-07:00
6 Dec 2017

Old Mammoth Road Area – Limited Service


New, limited fixed route transit service will begin Wednesday, December 13th to address concerns raised by area residents and businesses following the cessation of the Gray Line service last year.  This new service is the culmination of a process that included a request for written comments, which were nearly evenly divided and mirrored the comments voiced at a separate meeting that was held on November 8th.  The comments generally fell according to the following two positions;  1) please reinstitute transit service even if this means that buses must use Red Fir to turn around or, 2) do not have buses use Red Fir under any circumstances, even if this means no transit service beyond Snowcreek.

A service option was developed that attempted to respect both of these positions.  Similar to what was operated last year the proposal would use the smaller dial-a-ride bus that can make a U-turn on Old Mammoth Road at lower Red Fir to provide three trips into Town in the morning, and three return trips in the afternoon.   Although this causes a negative impact on the dial-a-ride service, it would be a means to provide some service to the upper Old Mammoth Road area without having buses travel on Red Fir.  The proposed service was shared with the individuals who have commented on transit service to this area. The majority of responses were favorable, indicating that the proposed service would meet at least some of their transit needs.  To minimize the negative impact on the dial-a-ride service, one run in the afternoon will only operate on days that school is in session, and all of the afternoon runs will only continue beyond Sierra Center Mall if there are passengers on board.  The service will be implemented on Wednesday, December 13th in conjunction with the winter season start of the Green, Blue, and Yellow Lines.  The service will be re-assessed following a 90-day pilot program period.  This service is expected to be a short-term solution prior to development of a suitable turn-around next summer that will allow the Red Line and Town Trolley buses to provide service to the Old Mammoth area. The service schedule for this new service can be viewed here.

Old Mammoth Road Area – Limited Service2018-06-21T11:56:55-07:00
4 Sep 2017

Request for Proposals – Organizational Assessment


Notice is hereby given that the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to review and assess ESTA’s current organizational structure, operational functions and levels of staffing.

Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2017 at the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority’s offices located at 703-B Airport Road, Bishop, CA 93515.  No late submittals will be accepted.

Any questions with regard to submissions, process, or proposals can be emailed to John Helm at

The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be downloaded here (Organizational Assessment RFP).

Addendum #1 can be downloaded here (Addendum #1)


Request for Proposals – Organizational Assessment2018-01-31T10:49:37-07:00
30 Aug 2017

Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile Plan for Busy Labor Day


Visitors can take steps to avoid crowds and queues

The Inyo National Forest and the Devils Postpile National Monument anticipate a busy holiday weekend. Like many parks and forests, Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile are seeing high visitation this year. Here are some helpful tips for people planning to visit the Reds Meadow Valley and Devils Postpile over the Labor Day weekend.

The mandatory shuttle system manages the limited parking available as well as the high visitation along this narrow road into this special valley.

  • Pick up the shuttle from the Village at Mammoth or park at the Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge and purchase your shuttle passes at the Main Lodge Gondola Building (Adventure Center).
  • The bus ride takes approximately 30-40 minutes each way. Most visitors should allow a half-day or even a full day to enjoy and explore Devils Postpile, Rainbow Falls, and the lakes. Sturdy walking or hiking shoes, water, sun screen, snacks, and proper clothing layers are a must.
  • Labor Day weekend will be crowded with more difficult parking at the Main Lodge and longer queues and wait times at bus stops. To have a better visit, plan to come early in the morning and allow enough time in your day to visit these locations and plan waits at the stops into your schedule.
  • Sunday is typically the busiest day. Try to plan your trip for alternative days and times if you want to have a quieter experience. Alternatively, if your itinerary only allows travel on the weekend, particularly Sunday, plan on queues, pack your patience, and remember that you are in the magical Reds Meadow Valley.

Visitors can take some additional precautions for a safe and enjoyable experience. Although the day may be hot, the lake and river waters can be very cold and dangerous for swimming.

Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile Plan for Busy Labor Day2018-01-31T10:49:37-07:00
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