LOS ANGELES — Mayor Garcetti today announced the new Parkline Shuttle, a free service at Griffith Park that provides car-free access to over a dozen destinations — alleviating demand for parking and easing congestion in the area.
“If we want to get more people out of their cars, we need to provide convenient, sustainable alternatives that take riders where they need to go,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Griffith Park is one of our City’s most iconic destinations, and this new shuttle will encourage visitors to enjoy it without a vehicle — protecting its natural environment and making it easier to access the park’s incredible attractions.”
The Parkline Shuttle will open to the public on Saturday, December 7, and run on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m., with buses running 15 to 20 minutes apart. The shuttles will be ADA accessible, include bike racks and seating for 25 passengers, and connect visitors to existing public transit offerings in and around the park.
The shuttle will be operated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and stop at the Griffith Observatory; Greek Theatre; Franklin’s Café (with access to the playground and Roosevelt Golf Course); Hollywood Sign Hike; Los Feliz and Riverside intersection; Ranger Station (with access to the visitor center and merry-go-round); Park Center (with access to the Old Zoo and Shane’s Inspiration playground); L.A. Zoo; Autry Museum; Pecan Grove; Los Angeles Steamers; Travel Town Museum; and Pony and Train Rides.
“By uniting the icons of Griffith Park as well as its Metro and DASH stops, the Griffith Parkline is ushering in a new era for the nation's greatest urban park,” Councilmember David Ryu said. “For the first time in its 123-year history, visitors can access all that Griffith Park has to offer without once needing a car. The Griffith Parkline is free, accessible, and efficient — and just one way we are reducing traffic and increasing access in Griffith Park.”
Griffith Park has experienced steady growth in visitation from locals and tourists in recent years, increasing vehicle congestion and parking demand. The Parkline Shuttle is the City’s latest effort to address these issues and encourage car-free public access while ensuring more visitors can enjoy the park and its amenities.
Other improvements include a DASH service to connect visitors to the Metro Red Line, which moved more than half-a-million passengers last year; a reconfigured, more efficient traffic pattern; and enhanced wayfinding and signage throughout the Park.
"Creating a network of opportunities while improving connectivity throughout the park will give many the option of enjoying all Griffith Park has to offer," said Mike Shull, General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks. "The Parkline Shuttle fulfills Recreation and Parks goal and commitment to the community. It is the most convenient, accessible and environmentally friendly way to get around Griffith Park.”
"At LADOT, we pride ourselves on connecting Angelenos with experiences," said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. "The new, free Parkline service will give residents and visitors alike the chance to explore each of Griffith Park's iconic locations while cutting traffic and improving the experience for everyone.”
For more information and a map of the service, please click here: https://www.laparks.org/griffithpark/planyourtrip#Parkline