I just found out today that the trolley will only be running until ten. I depended on the night trolley to get around town and mostly to get to and from the bars at night. I think this will really hurt businesses in the village. Most of my friends and I depended on the night trolley to get to the village now we don't know what were gonna do. Most of us don't have cars and the ones that do don't want to drive drunk. Walking is a pain in the winter. This makes it a big deterrent for locals and tourist to go spend there money at bars if they have to worry about walking or finding a sober driver. It cant cost to much to run the shuttle a couple more hours. If anything they should have the trolley run late on the weekends.
Good news...late night bus service for this winter has been reinstated by ESTA/TOML!
In today's Mammoth Times Town Council article on the front page:
In the final piece of short-term action, the council authorized the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) to return to late-night winter service.
The action, which would guarantee service until 2 a.m. during the ski season, came after an impassioned plea from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area vice-president Bill Cockroft, who said the proposed cutoff of 10 p.m. would place Mammoth somewhere “between Big Bear and Crested Butte,” and that it would be untenable for a town that strongly believes in a “feet-first” approach to mobility.
ESTA leader John Helm said his agency could not achieve that goal unless the council could find more money than it allowed last summer, when the council made first round of proposed cuts.
In response, the council on Wednesday diverted $25,000 that it had allocated for its unspecified (as yet) volunteer programs throughout the town.
Marysheva-Martinez said it was an easy fix, in that the allocation was not cutting a program; rather, it was using money for a program that has yet to get off the ground.