Clutching towels, sunblock and boogie boards, two dozen foothill residents lined up Tuesday morning at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge with one destination in mind — the beach.
Now in its 20th year, the summer Beach Bus provides fun seekers with cheap and convenient transportation to the Santa Monica Pier. Children and adults ride for $3 roundtrip, and the disabled and people 60 and older ride for $1.50.
The bus operates through the first week of September on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Labor Day. Local stops include Memorial Park, Two Strike Park in La Crescenta, the La Crescenta Library and the southeast corner of Montrose Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard.
The service is sponsored by Los Angeles County, and the city of La Cañada Flintridge pays $15,000 annually for its stop with money generated by Proposition A, a half-cent sales tax administered by Metro, said Carl Alameda, a senior management analyst with the city.