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Even though the Mammoth Lakes Town Council eliminated the Mobility Commission, there is still unfinished business on the table, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Members of the public and business community are encouraged to attend the Mobility Commission Transit Workshop in Suite Z of the town offices, beginning at 4 p.m. This workshop will provide the opportunity for the public to respond to the reduction in transit services as a result of the Town’s recently adopted restructuring plan.
The town’s transit budget was reduced by 10 percent this year, which resulted in direct impacts to local transit services.
In 2012, Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) implemented several cost-saving measures to achieve the 10 percent reduction: Lakes Basin trolleys started one hour later, Dial-a-Ride service hours were reduced, and late-night winter trolley service was cut from 2 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (However, once ski season began, the lack of late-night trolley service from Canyon Lodge to The Village to Snowcreek was brought to council’s attention, and as a result, “one-time” money was secured to fund the late-night service for the rest of the peak winter season.)
The true cost of the four hours for two trolleys is almost $40,000. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area partnered with the town by contributing the necessary additional funding.
The Mobility 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.
The council clearly stated its support of late-night winter trolley service by its recent action. Many changes and improvements have come about as a result of past suggestions from local transit riders, especially related to the continually increasing ridership of the Purple and Gray lines.
Participants are requested to bring questions about our local transit service to the workshop, where representatives from the Town and ESTA will be available to respond to all comments and questions.
A goal of the workshop is to solicit comments and suggestions to help find ways to meet the transit needs of the community in these challenging economic times.
Written e-mail comments should be directed to Ray Jarvis, Public Works Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to John Helm, ESTA Executive Director (email@example.com), or addressed to P.O. Box 1609, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.