For the 13th consecutive year, the beach is just steps away from residents of La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Montrose.
Los Angeles County's popular beach shuttle resumed service on June 19 and will run until Labor Day, departing for the Santa Monica Pier on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:45 a.m. and returning at 4:55 p.m. to Memorial Park on Foothill Boulevard.
It also makes stops at Two-Strike Park in La Crescenta, at the library at La Crescenta and Foothill boulevards, and at the corner of Ocean View Boulevard and Montrose Avenue.
Tickets are $3, or $1.50 for riders age 60 and up.
This year the service, which has been offered in some form by the county since 1983, added a new feature. For the first time, riders are being asked to make reservations 24 hours before their trip at www.LAGoBus.info.
“[The reservation system is] to better predict the demand out there, because some days we have very low ridership, and some days we have high ridership,” said Anabel Dubois, an engineer with the county Department of Public Works. “This way we can gauge how many buses to send out.”