As if the Hindu God of fortune Vishnu were watching over La Crescenta, the clouds have finally parted — just in time for La Crescenta's Beach Bus schedule to start up.
The Beach Bus is a summer-long, round-trip to the beach via bus. The program is co-sponsored by the city of La Cañada and the county of Los Angeles. The bus begins running next week, starting Tuesday, June 23, and continues until Sept. 7. It will run every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a special Labor Day trip.
The bus makes several local pick up stops: Two Strike Park at 9:30 a.m.; the former site of the county library on La Crescenta Avenue at 9:35 a.m.; the southeast corner of Montrose and La Crescenta avenues at 9:45 a.m.; and the southeast corner of Montrose Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard at 9:50 a.m. The bus drops passengers off at Santa Monica Pier, with the return trip leaving from the pier at 3:30 p.m.
Carl Alameda, senior management analyst with the city of La Cañada Flintridge, said that in the current economic climate, the regularly scheduled bus trips continue because they're so well-attended and the funding comes from Proposition A.
“Proposition A is funding money we get from the county and from the MTA,” Alameda said. Adults and kids pay $3 per person for the trip. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities pay $1.50. Exact fare requested. Any person under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Those who need disability accommodations are asked to call (626) 458-3909 three days in advance of their planned trip.
For more information, call (888) 769-1122 or visit http://ladpw.org/PDD/Beach_Bus/LACanada.pdf.