Off-the-Mountain Bus Service Expands

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 28, 2013 – Starting November 10, bus riders will have more options when commuting down the hill. MARTA’s Off-the-Mountain service from Big Bear to San Bernardino will be expanded to include two trips on Sundays, leaving the Interlaken Shopping Center at 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., returning from San Bernardino twice on Sunday. Off-the-Mountain service will now be available every day of the week, with convenient connections in San Bernardino to numerous Omnitrans buses, Greyhound Station, and Metrolink and Amtrak trains at Santa Fe Station. Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority provides Fixed Route, Dial-a-Ride, and Off-the-Mountain public transit services to over 50,000 residents of the San Bernardino Mountains, including Bear Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Crestline, Snow Valley, and Running Springs. In 2012/2013 MARTA provided over 153,000 passenger trips. For more information on routes and schedules call (909) 878-5200 in Big Bear or visit them...

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Local Bus Schedule Changes Today

Big Bear Valley, CA, August 12, 2013 — Starting today, the Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority’s — otherwise known as “MARTA” — is making some changes to its routes and schedules. New riders guides will be available, but here are some highlights: Big Bear Fixed Route 1 will now run 5:30 a.m. through 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The last runs will leave Erwin Lake and Boulder Bay at 6:30 p.m.  Service to Bear Mountain Resort is being restored with new times for Sugarloaf and Chautauqua High School stops and minor time point changes to other stops. There will no longer be a break in mid-day service on the RIM Fixed Routes 2 and 4. In addition, Route 2’s first two runs will leave VOE at 6:15 and 7:15 a.m. then every 90 minutes thereafter. The last run departs VOE at 5:45 p.m. and will complete a round trip to Lake Arrowhead Village and back to VOE, going out of service at 7:05 p.m. Route 4’s first run starts in Running Springs at 7:30 a.m., and runs every 90 minutes thereafter. The last run departs Running Springs at 6:00 p.m., completes a round trip to Lake Arrowhead Village and back to Running Springs, then retires for the evening at 7:10.  Arrival times for both Route 2 and 4 adjusted to allow for easier...

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MARTA Seeks Public Opinion

Big Bear, Ca, February 16, 2012, 4:00pm – The Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) is currently updating its Short Range Transit Plan.  According to MARTA, the plan will guide fixed route and Dial-a-Ride transit services in the Rim area and Big Bear Valley over the next five years. Last summer, extensive market research and outreach was conducted and identified a variety of service alternatives for changes and improvements to transit services over the next five years.  MARTA is seeking community feedback on the proposed alternatives, and will be sponsoring a series of public workshops, which will be held on February 29th, and March 1st. The workshops will address: proposed bus route and schedule changes, potential changes to dial-a-ride service, and a revised fare structure. Workshops will be held at the following times and locations.  There will be a brief presentation of the service alternatives and then opportunity for questions and discussion. February 29th 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. City of Big Bear Lake City Hall Training Room 39707 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake March 1st 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Crestline Library 24105 Lake Gregory Dr, Crestline For more information or transportation assistance, call MARTA at 1-909-875-5200 or visit...

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Snow Day! Friday Closures and Cancellations (and Some Openings) for the Big Bear Valley

Big Bear Valley, CA — This epic storm has resulted in a number of closures and cancellations: Among these, Bear Mountain Resort is closed today [Friday, January 22], though Bear Mountain lift tickets and season passes are being honored at Snow Summit, which certainly has a resort full of fresh powder for skiers and riders. MARTA transportation services are not available today. The offices of the City of Big Bear Lake, the Big Bear City Community Services District, the Big Bear Municipal Water District, and the Department of Water and Power all closed today, as well as the offices of the Bear Valley Unified School District and all local schools, as well as Rainbow Kids Clubs. Also, all Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District offerings through the weekend, including basketball and the Youth Center, are canceled and/or closed. DOVES is closed, though their emergency crisis hotline is available at 800/851-7601. The Big Bear City and Fawnskin Post Offices are closed today, though the Big Bear Lake and Interlaken/Moonridge Post Offices are open—still, there is no mail delivery as trucks have been unable to get up the mountain. The Big Bear City Airport is closed to all aircraft until snow removal on runways and taxiways is complete; airport offices are open. First Mountain Bank and Union Bank are closed, as well as the Big Bear Lake Resort Association and...

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Free Bus Pass Distribution to Seniors on Wednesday Morning

Freebies are being distributed to seniors tomorrow morning, according to Tina Nazarian, coordinator for the Big Bear Senior Center. The San Bernardino County Department of Aging’s Willo Covey will be at the Senior Center on Wednesday, from 10am to noon, to distribute 30-trip bus passes for use on MARTA and coupon books, worth $20, good for use at the Tuesday’s Farmer’s Market at the Convention Center. For more information on tomorrow morning’s bus pass and coupon book distribution, call the Senior Center at...

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