Starting on Saturday, April 7, a new shuttle bus will connect Metro Gold Line to the Sam Merrill Trail, a popular hiking destination in Altadena.
This new route, Pasadena Transit Route 88, will use clean fuel compressed natural gas buses and serve stops along the route along Fair Oaks Avenue. The bus will seat 27 and include space for two bikes.
“There was great support among Mayor Terry Tornek and Supervisor Kathryn Barger to provide transit to this area. This route not only opens up transit to a popular trailhead, but also adds transit to an area not currently served by transit and increases transit opportunities to disadvantaged neighborhoods along the route,” said Lisa Derderian, Acting Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office.
The inaugural ride will take place on Saturday, April 7 at 9 a.m. at Memorial Park in Pasadena. Mayor Terry Tornek and Supervisor Kathryn Barger will be in attendance.
“This exciting partnership expands access to open space recreation and provides another
option to improve regional transit connectivity for our residents in the Altadena community,” Supervisor Barger said in a news release.
The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Barger to partner with the City of Pasadena, the Trust for Public Land, Edison International and the Wilderness Society to implement a six-month pilot bus service in the unincorporated Altadena area. Funding for the county’s portion of the estimated costs would come from the supervisor’s Fifth District discretionary transit funds.
“Transit to open space projects are an important way to connect the short distances between our foothill cities and our local mountains,” Tori Kjer, Los Angeles Program Director said in a press release.
The popular Sam Merrill Trail provides access to exclusive areas in the San Gabriel Mountain Range, such as Echo Mountain, Inspiration Point and Mt. Lowe.
The six-month pilot service will run from April 7 to Sept. 30 on Saturdays and Sundays. Buses will leave every half hour from Memorial Park Station, northbound from Raymond Avenue and Holly Street between 7:05 a.m. to 4:35 p.m., travel time to the trailhead is 23 minutes. The last bus will depart from the trailhead at 5 p.m.