As August draws to a close, so does another season of the Summer Beach Bus service that is offered in the Foothills each year by the city of La Cañada Flintridge and Los Angeles County.
The drive, traffic congestion and high price of gasoline can keep a day at Santa Monica Beach from being, well, a day at the beach. But with a round-trip ticket on the Summer Beach Bus costing $3 (just $1.50 for seniors age 60 and up, and disabled patrons), area residents have been taking advantage of the service since 1994.
The Beach Bus is operated by Transit Services and runs Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The bus kicked off its summer beach season June 21 and will continue to ferry beach-lovers to Santa Monica on its regular days through Sept. 3 and will make one specially-scheduled trip on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.
Considering that parking at Santa Monica beach is $12 on the weekend and the average gallon of gasoline costs more than $3.50, the Beach Bus ticket is an exceptional value. The only drawback to using the bus is the loss of flexibility; riders can’t choose to venture out to some of the less crowded beaches such as Malibu, or leave Santa Monica before the scheduled return to the Foothills.