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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:01 am    Post subject: Shuttle buses to Chantry Flats  Reply with quote

http://corbamtb.com/news/2016/09/...lat-shuttle-service-pilot-progra/
"....Over the next few weeks, a second pilot program will be running shuttles from the Arcadia Gold Line station to Chantry Flat, where there is a historic mule pack station, numerous multi-use trails, picnic facilities, historic cabins and at least two waterfalls. The free shuttle is being operated in partnership with Car-less California and the Forest Service.

For this pilot program, unfortunately the smaller buses arenít equipped to carry bicycles, but for those who want to ride a bicycle to the rail line, there are bike lockup facilities at the Gold Line station. The Forest Service is already aware of our desire to have bike racks available when and if a permanent shuttle service is provided.

The shuttle will operate for three weekends with the first shuttle leaving Arcadia at 7 am and the last shuttle leaving Chantry Flat at 4pm. The shuttle will run continuously, approximately every 30 Ė 45 minutes. Dates:

September 24 (National Public Lands Day), and 25, then October 1 and 2, and October 8 and 9. The shuttle is free, no reservations are required."


No note on the legality of this...on how the forest service does this with no public input. They can just launch whatever they want at any time to anyplace I suppose.

Flashback to 1959:
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/article/ZZ/20090713/NEWS/907139903

"....that bus - carrying a group of boys from a Catholic summer camp - barreled down the steep grade of Santa Anita at nearly 55 miles per hour killing a three-year-old girl and injuring as many 71 people, according to witnesses and reports from the time.

The bus, one of possibly four buses, was returning from a day of hiking, eating and playing in Chantry Flats. The bus, one of possibly four buses, was returning from a day of hiking, eating and playing in Chantry Flats. The bus driver managed the curves of Santa Anita without problem, but as soon the bus reached the straight portion of the road, passengers said the brakes started to fail.....Some survivors believed they lived thanks to the heroics of then 29-year-old bus driver Brady Bolt. As the bus rolled down the street, he was knocked from his seat twice, only to crawl back in to try and halt the bus, said survivor Bill Leser. The bus came to a halt after rolling over a median and into a brick wall in between two houses.

Bolt, however, was found criminally responsible by a coroner's inquest, according to contemporary news reports.Investigators claimed the bus had overheated on the climb up and Bolt still drove the bus down the mountain, causing the brake compressor belt to fail. ...."
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those of us who don't have a vehicle this shuttle sounds like an awesome idea! I know the bus routes can drop you off at the base of the road towards Chantry flats, but it's a hike in itself to get from the bus stop to Chantry! I'm trying to save my energy for a nature hike, not a 3 mile long march on a road without any sidewalk. Walking that thin road is not very safe. Besides, there's too much traffic in Chantry. A shuttle might lessen the traffic congestion at the parking area.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent!  I guess you don't even have to show a Gold Line ticket to ride?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hikin_Jim wrote:
Excellent! †I guess you don't even have to show a Gold Line ticket to ride?
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Nope...or a metro tap card. But parking on Metro property without using Metro is another question ....so far it looks like the shuttle departs outside of Metro property.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might fill up the REI parking lot which is adjacent to the Metro station/parking lot. Not a heck of a lot of street parking around there.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They started it early.

I disagree with "By reducing the rows and rows of parked cars along our mountain roads..." from that article. There will be as many cars and more people.  Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slowest_Hiker wrote:
I disagree with "By reducing the rows and rows of parked cars along our mountain roads..." from that article. There will be as many cars and more people. †Sad
Eek.  Well I hope not.  Parking probably does keep the numbers down somewhat.  

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