PRESS RELEASE: Griffith Park Launches Its Very Own “Parkline”

Los Angeles -- Councilmember David Ryu, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and Department of Transportation today unveiled the Griffith Parkline, a free parkwide shuttle system for Griffith Park. With 12 stops and five buses, the Griffith Parkline is the first transit system specific to Griffith Park, and will provide service every weekend free of charge.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

December 3, 2019

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Griffith Park Launches Its Very Own “Parkline”

The Griffith Parkline will provide free shuttle service throughout the Park

 

Los Angeles - Councilmember David Ryu, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and Department of Transportation today unveiled the Griffith Parkline, a free parkwide shuttle system for Griffith Park. With 12 stops and five buses, the Griffith Parkline is the first transit system specific to Griffith Park, and will provide service every weekend free of charge.

“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 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.”

“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 Eric 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.”

"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.”

The Griffith Parkline will run on Saturday and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. and provide car-free access to 12 stops throughout Griffith Park, including the Los Angeles Zoo, The Griffith Observatory, Travel Town, Park Center, and more. The Parkline also includes a Hollywood Sign stop, which provides access to the best hiking trails for viewing the sign. The new green-and-white branded shuttle buses will include bike racks, ADA accessibility and seating for 25, and will connect to existing DASH and Metro Bus stops in and around the park.

Parkline service begins on Saturday, December 7th, with buses running 15 to 20 minutes apart. The Parkline is the latest step in a years-long effort by Councilmember Ryu and the Department of Recreation and Parks to expand car-free access to Griffith Park, laid out in the Griffith Observatory Parking and Circulation Plan.

The Griffith Parkline launch follows the expansion of the all-electric DASH bus route to the Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory, which runs 7 days a week from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station and carried a record 517,956 passengers in fiscal year 2018-’19, and new parking rates around the Observatory, which helped fund the Parkline. 

Learn more about the Griffith Parkline here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys. 


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