To determine how Mountain Transit could better serve the communities between Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs, we began a public outreach effort during the month of September regarding potential changes to Route 4. This outreach included: an online survey, notices on buses, survey links published to MT’s website, discussions on Facebook, input from drivers and planning staff, and concluded with a Public Hearing on September 21, 2020.
Note: Mountain Transit’s original proposal eliminated Route 4 and instead opted for a dedicated Dial-A-Ride vehicle meant to provide service between Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead. This change would allow riders to be picked up and brought directly to/from their chosen locations (for example: from home, directly to their place of business, or an appointment). Additionally, these changes would increase the one-way fare between Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead from $3.00 to $5.00.
After careful consideration of the feedback received, Mountain Transit has decided not to eliminate Route 4. We are dedicated to serving our community, and do not want to cause severe hardship for our riders, especially those that have already been negatively impacted by the effects of COVID-19.
Ridership on Route 4 will be monitored for one year in the hopes that we have enough riders to justify keeping it running for years to come.
The following changes will be made to the Route 4 service, effective Monday, November 23, 2020:
- Route 4 will now begin in Arrowbear (at Blondie’s Restaurant) instead of Lake Arrowhead.
- Route 4 will be reduced to three days/week instead of four. The route will continue to service the same stops.
- Route 4 drivers can make courtesy stops along the route.
Don’t bother with chains, ice and fog this winter. Instead, enjoy a safe, clean ride on a comfortable Mountain Transit bus and Be Driven!