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Hollywood shuttle service tested to ease traffic

A shuttle to the Hollywood sign is being tested, and it'll hopefully satisfy residents who complain about tourists.
May 1, 2014 3:07:38 PM PDT
People who live near the Hollywood sign have long complained about tourists who drive into their neighborhoods to get a closer look at the iconic sign. Could a shuttle quiet those complaints?

Starting this weekend, you can hop on a 21-passenger bus at the Greek Theatre parking lot for only $7 and be driven up to a viewing area near the Hollywood sign. The shuttle will also take you to the Griffith Observatory.

The shuttle service is a test for L.A.'s Recreation and Parks Department.

Nearby Hollywood Hills residents hope this will greatly reduce the traffic congestion caused by tourists.

"It gets really busy, and we've even got incidents now where people are going through people's backyards, so it's really a safety issue for us," said Lucy Gonzalez of the Hollywoodland Homeowners Association.

Many tourists said they'd be willing to pay for the service.

"I think that's a fantastic idea because it's a great tourist attraction. People love to come up here, and the parking is sometimes challenging," said Uma Vadlakonda of Saratoga, Calif.

The shuttle service will simply drop you off and allow you to enjoy the view of the Hollywood sign, Griffith Park and the rest of the city.

Councilman Tom LaBonge said the shuttle will run during limited hours.

"It's not going to run early in the morning when the joggers are running on the road or the bikes are working out. We'll balance it all out," he said.

The weekend shuttle service runs through the end of July, and tickets can only be purchased online at http://www.laparks.org/shuttle/shuttle.htm.

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