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15 Mar 2020

Service Update Regional Service and Bishop Local Service – For March 16, 2020

2020-03-16T14:07:45-07:00

Service Update for March 16, 2020
Due to manpower reductions designed to reduce the exposure of ESTA employees to COVID-19, the following service changes will be in place for Monday, March 16th, 2020. These service changes may be expanded or reduced in the following days and weeks, please check estransit.com for up to date information, or call (760) 872-1901 ext. 22 for more information.

Regional Service:
395 North Service between Lone Pine, CA, and Reno, NV will operate on 3/16/2020
395 South Service between Mammoth Lakes, CA and Lancaster, CA will not run on 3/16/2020
Lone Pine Express (LPX) 6:10am Northbound departure will operate on 3/16/2020
Lone Pine Express (LPX) 7:00am Southbound departure will not run on 3/16/2020
Lone Pine Express (LPX) 8:30am Northbound departure will not run on 3/16/2020
Lone Pine Express (LPX) 11:45am Northbound departure will not run on 3/16/2020
Lone Pine Express (LPX) 1:15pm Southbound departure will operate on 3/16/2020
Lone Pine Express (LPX) 6:20pm Southbound departure will operate on 3/16/2020
Mammoth Express (MMX) 6:50am Northbound departure will operate on 3/16/2020
Mammoth Express (MMX) 7:50am Southbound departure will operate on 3/16/2020
Mammoth Express (MMX) 1:00pm Northbound departure will not run on 3/16/2020
Mammoth Express (MMX) 2:05pm Southbound departure will not run on 3/16/2020
Mammoth Express (MMX) 6:10pm Northbound departure will operate on 3/16/2020
Mammoth Express (MMX) 7:00pm Southbound departure will operate on 3/16/2020

Bishop Dial-a-Ride will operate at reduced weekend level service with no check points.
Trip requests for senior/disabled individual’s medical and grocery needs will be given priority.

Service Update Regional Service and Bishop Local Service – For March 16, 20202020-03-16T14:07:45-07:00
15 Mar 2020

Service Update for Mammoth Lakes – Changes Effective March 25, 2020

2020-03-16T17:07:07-07:00

ESTA will continue to provide full service levels until County Health Departments, The Governor, ESTA Board, or other authority dictates otherwise.

Mammoth Blue, Green, and Yellow lines will be discontinued for the season effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Also, Mammoth Red Line will be reduced to hourly service effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Service Update for Mammoth Lakes – Changes Effective March 25, 20202020-03-16T17:07:07-07:00
13 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Service Update 3/13/2020

2020-03-13T15:52:46-07:00

In response to COVID-19, routes within the Town of Mammoth Lakes will no longer transport standees and will carry only one passenger for every two seats. This is an effort to support the recommendation of social distancing to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 on our most congested buses. Please be patient, extra buses will be dispatched as available to transport passengers. ESTA is also sanitizing buses on a more frequent interval.

All other routes are operating as usual. Updates will be posted should other changes to service be implemented.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these steps to prevent illness:

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them:Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

For more information visit the CDC website:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

COVID-19 Service Update 3/13/20202020-03-13T15:52:46-07:00
2 Jan 2020

Eastern Sierra Transit 2020 Holiday Schedule

2020-01-02T09:52:27-08:00

The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority has adopted several holidays to be observed by employees. ESTA bus services may operate on many of these holidays in some or all of our communities.The observed holiday’s are:  New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  For information on whether a particular bus service will be operational on a specific holiday, please call: 760-872-1901.

Please also review our News to get updates on holiday closures.

2020 Holiday Schedule:

New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1, 2020 all services will be closed except those within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

President’s Day, Monday, February 17, 2020 all services will be closed except those within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020 all services will be closed except those within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Independence Day, Observed- Friday, July 3, 2020 all services will be closed except those within the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and the Bishop Creek Shuttle.

Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020 all services will be closed except those within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Veteran’s Day will be Wednesday , November 11, 2020, Eastern Sierra Transit will be operating a reduced schedule. The following routes will operate:

  • 395 Routes North to Reno and South to Lancaster
  • Lone Pine to Bishop 6:15am
  • Bishop to Lone Pine 1:15pm & 6:30pm
  • Mammoth to Bishop 7:50am
  • Bishop to Mammoth 6:30pm
  • Bishop Dial-A-Ride Limited Service – Priority will be given to Seniors and Disabled
  • All Services in the Town of Mammoth

Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, 2020 all services will be closed except those within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Friday, November 27, 2020, Eastern Sierra Transit will be operating a reduced schedule. The following routes will operate:

  • 395 Routes North to Reno and South to Lancaster
  • Lone Pine to Bishop 6:15am
  • Bishop to Lone Pine 1:15pm & 6:30pm
  • Mammoth to Bishop 7:50am
  • Bishop to Mammoth 6:30pm
  • Bishop Dial-A-Ride Limited Service – Priority will be given to Seniors and Disabled
  • All Services in the Town of Mammoth

Friday , December 25, 2020 all services will be closed except those within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Eastern Sierra Transit 2020 Holiday Schedule2020-01-02T09:52:27-08:00
1 Dec 2019

Full Winter Service in the Town of Mammoth Lakes will begin Early!

2019-12-04T08:45:00-08:00

Full Winter Service will begin early in the Town of Mammoth Lakes!  Red Line, Blue-Yellow Combo and the Winter Night Trolley are currently running. On December 7, 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!

Full Winter Service in the Town of Mammoth Lakes will begin Early!2019-12-04T08:45:00-08:00
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
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