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Town of Mammoth Lakes

The Town Council discussion regarding Old Mammoth Rd Transit Service (previously scheduled for Wed. Aug 18) has been postponed. The item has not yet been rescheduled.

We apologize for this unexpected change. The Town is working with its partners to address community concerns and evaluate various opportunities to ensure a comprehensive report and presentation is provided at a future Town Council meeting. We will send an email notification as soon as the new date is determined.

Town Staff provided a presentation to the Planning and Economic Development Commission on July 14 (click link to view recorded video). An introduction to the presentation can be found below.

We are continuing to collect your input! Please sign in to the Engage Mammoth Lakes website at https://engage.townofmammothlakes.ca.gov/woodmen-st-old-mammoth-rd-bus-turnaround to take the Old Mammoth Rd Transit Survey regarding Old Mammoth bus stop locations and other transit service topics. This webpage also includes a project site plan, and FAQs about the project and transit service in the Old Mammoth neighborhood.

PEDC Presentation Introduction:

The Town and Eastern Sierra Transit (ESTA) have been working together for many years to provide free public transit service along Old Mammoth Rd and to the Old Mammoth neighborhood. Several changes are currently being proposed as a direct result of current development projects, including the Town’s Community Recreation Center and Snowcreek Phase 7 (“Creekhouse”).

The Old Mammoth Rd area is currently served by the Red Line / Trolley and the Purple Line (winter), with service ending at Club Drive at the Snowcreek Athletic Club. At this existing turnaround location, drivers currently idle the buses to make up “headway” (spacing or timing between buses) and take breaks before turning around and resuming the routes. Following completion of the CRC, the routes are proposed to be altered slightly to allow idling for headway and driver breaks to occur at the CRC instead. In addition, stopover of ESTA’s regional buses would also be moved from the current Vons parking lot location to the CRC.

The existing turnaround at Club Dr, which is on private property, will be removed in conjunction with the construction of Snowcreek 7. A new turnaround location must be identified in order to maintain transit service to the Old Mammoth neighborhood beyond Minaret Rd (where it would otherwise make a loop via Minaret and Chateau then back onto Old Mammoth).

One option staff is considering for a new turnaround location is at the corner of Woodmen St and Old Mammoth Rd. The new turnaround is proposed to function as an extension of the Red Line/Trolley, allowing historical stops at Aspen Village/Waterford, Tamarack, and Woodmen to be reinstated. The Woodmen St turnaround is proposed to function as a brief bus stop only, and will not accommodate idling of buses to accommodate headway and driver breaks, which will instead take place at the CRC.

The Woodmen stop could accommodate the following improvements and amenities:

  • Asphalt-paved turnaround, including widening of Woodmen St at the bus stop to improve intersection safety and sight distance and to accommodate regular flow of traffic
  • a small transit shelter (to match the shelter on Hillside Dr next to the Westin)
  • a bike rack
  • an ADA-accessible pedestrian ramp (additional pedestrian facilities along Old Mammoth Rd may be considered as part of a future project)
  • bear-proof trash and recycling cans (these are regularly maintained by Town staff)
  • 2 parking spaces (intended to accommodate pick-ups/drop-offs)
  • boulders and landscape screening to mitigate noise and headlights
  • driver speed feedback sign uphill of Woodmen St


For additional information, or to be added to our email distribution list, please contact:

Amy Callanan, PE

Associate Engineer

Town of Mammoth Lakes



We look forward to hearing from you!