Public transit into Angeles National Forest being planned for first time in 130 years

The shuttle service will not be as dramatic as the first public transit venture into the San Gabriel Mountains, namely the Mount Lowe Railway, which operated in Altadena from 1893 until 1936. "Adding shuttle stops in the forest creates a whole new...

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flippysti
flippysti
83 · 13 days ago · Reddit

To change that, U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, presented the nonprofit Nature For All a check for $995,000 on Aug. 28 to begin planning and building the Mount Wilson Express Shuttle, a van or bus service starting from the Metro L Line (Gold) Memorial Park Station in Old Pasadena and connecting to western forest locations.

It is the most money received by the nonprofit in a single grant. Chu also placed a request for $750,000 in the 2023 House of Representatives appropriations bill, which would raise the shuttle program’s funding to $1,745,000, if approved.

Early plans call for a regular, weekend shuttle that will take passengers on the 210 Freeway to Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2), with forest stops at the Mt. Wilson Observatory, the Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center at Red Box, Clear Creek Information Center, and trailheads at Eaton Saddle, Colby Canyon and Gould Mesa, explained Bryan Matsumoto, program manager for Nature For All.

10kwinz
10kwinz
48 · 13 days ago · Reddit

This is amazing news!

Unfortunately the windows of my car were smashed while I was on a hike in the angeles national forest in July. My boyfriend and I were thinking if only there was a way for us to access the hiking trails by getting dropped off so we could avoid parking there. Hopefully now one day in the near future we will be able to!

Thatdudedoesnotabide
Thatdudedoesnotabide
41 · 13 days ago · Reddit

Yes, I love nature but the drive and parking shitshow that is makes me not want to visit the great Angeles park

cabd0
cabd0
38 · 13 days ago · Reddit

I’m all for this, but the one thing I’d be concerned about is how they plan to guarantee every passenger who takes the shuttle to the mountains comes back on a shuttle? I’ve done plenty of hikes where (for unexpected reasons) I make it back to the trailhead later than expected. With limited cell reception in ANF what happens if someone misses the last shuttle out?

sirgentrification
sirgentrification
20 · 13 days ago · Reddit

I just came back from the Rhone-Alps region in France. Image being able to take a train from what would be the equivalent of DTLA Union Station to Downtown Big Bear, door to door. Even though the local mountain train only went roughly 30mph (express train from Geneva to St Gervais, switch to local train), nonetheless a literal train with service every hour in each direction went from the base town to the heart of the mountain town village.

labambaleautomobilo
labambaleautomobilo
9 · 13 days ago · Reddit

I really hope the increased traffic to the trails ends up being a good thing. I know it will bring more kids, and adults, who will appreciate and be proud of our beautiful parks; but it's hard not to worry about how many more assholes are going to show up to litter or vandalize stuff. There are already popular trails I've learned to avoid because their accessibility means more of that crap...

bumbling_bubblegum
bumbling_bubblegum
5 · 13 days ago · Reddit

For those who are interested in current options, check out the nonprofit Community Nature Connection. They have a Transit to Trails program where they charter a bus to trailheads and beaches, usually from Vista Hermosa Park. I think it's just getting started up again post pandemic but it was a great resource when I was car free.

raazurin
raazurin
5 · 13 days ago · Reddit

I hope they allow a good amount of luggage for camping and other outdoor recreation.