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New ESTA Shuttle Rte: Bishop to South Lake and Lake Sabrina

Postby Dave_Ayers » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:05 pm

Twice per day shuttle starts 7 days per week June 17th plus Memorial Day weekend. See http://www.estransit.com/routes-schedul ... k-shuttle/ for more info.



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Re: New ESTA Shuttle Rte: Bishop to South Lake and Lake Sabr

Postby cslaght » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:14 am

How sweet is this?!
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Re: New ESTA Shuttle Rte: Bishop to South Lake and Lake Sabr

Postby rlown » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:40 am

A nice service. I didn't see where it said one can park for multiple days prior to riding the shuttle. Think I'd still drive my own vehicle up.
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Re: New ESTA Shuttle Rte: Bishop to South Lake and Lake Sabr

Postby markskor » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:19 am

A welcome addition...good asset...kudos, hopefully something you could plan on when exiting/ coming out from other distant THs. 4:00 afternoon bus - can meet someone at Von's/ hit 395 - works, but -
Like Russ, wonder if there has been any provisions made for safe (safer?) parking, long term in Bishop? (sort of an oxymoron there).
Map does not indicate recommendations or anything...might just call them - ask?
Hope it works for all, and will await feedback from this, their first season.
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Re: New ESTA Shuttle Rte: Bishop to South Lake and Lake Sabr

Postby maverick » Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:40 pm

Here's the lowdown.

Called ESTA about the long-term parking situation, they did not have an answer, except that the parking lots are large at Vons/Kmart, but nothing about the issues that might arise when someone is parked there for a week or two ( getting towed), they told me to contact the Chamber of Commerce of Bishop (CCB), CCB was not even aware that the ESTA shuttle was even listed on their site yet or when the service was to implemented. :\

Chuck my point of contact at CCB said that they had one meeting with ESTA about the Bishop Shuttle recently, but no starting date or long-term parking was discussed, Chuck will be contacting them and work on these details before starting the service. He did say that the buses originate from the Bishop Airport and that there is a lot of free long-term parking available, so I called the airport.

Ken, my point of contact at the Bishop Airport (BA) said that there is very limited parking available at BA at least till late July and he was not contacted about the BA parking lot being used as a long-term parking solution, he will get in touch with ESTA and CCB to get on the same page today.

Seems like ESTA is getting ahead of themselves, without discussing any of the long-term parking logistics with the BCC and BA.
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Re: New ESTA Shuttle Rte: Bishop to South Lake and Lake Sabr

Postby rlown » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:47 pm

Nice followup, Mav. If I already drove to Bishop, I'm not sure why I'd use the shuttle though. The ESTA map seems to assume we'll park in Reno or Lancaster and use their whole system, but ok..
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Re: New ESTA Shuttle Rte: Bishop to South Lake and Lake Sabr

Postby Dave_Ayers » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:53 pm

Agree with rlown. If I had a car, I'd use this shuttle to close the South Lake to Sabrina or North Lake loop and park at one of those.

Years ago they used to allow extended parking in Bishop at the public lot by the police/courthouse/library on Church St. a block west of 395 about a mile from Vons (where the shuttle stops). You might also try the RV park, some of those will allow it for a fee.
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Re: New ESTA Shuttle Rte: Bishop to South Lake and Lake Sabr

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:40 am

If doing a point-to-point trip, most shuttles will drive to one trailhead with you, where you park (the exit of your trip), and then take you to your starting point trailhead. This is a more useful service. Maybe these guys will do that too.
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Re: New ESTA Shuttle Rte: Bishop to South Lake and Lake Sabr

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:47 am

Sorry, I ment to say maybe if successful, they could get into trailhead to trailhead shuttles in the future. The current shuttle service seems more aimed at day-hikers and fishermen to alleviate the parking congestion at South Lake.

I hitched when I did South Lake to Taboose- had to hitch two rides, one to town and another up to South Lake. At least the shuttle bus would eliminate one added hitch if I had parked my car at South Lake on the start of a trip.
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Re: New ESTA Shuttle Rte: Bishop to South Lake and Lake Sabr

Postby Dave_Ayers » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:44 pm

It's an easy 2 mile walk from the 168/North Lake Rd junction (one of the stops) to the North Lake TH or 1.8 from the junction to the North Lake TH parking lot. That's pretty close to TH to TH service. Possibly they are concerned about driving a bus on the gravel road to North Lake.
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