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Hollywood Bowl shuttle lot at zoo closing this summer; three remain

May 21, 2010 |  9:57 am

Hollywood Bowl patrons who hate bucking the notorious traffic to and from the bowl's parking lot won't be able to go to the zoo this summer to avoid the zoo-like crush of cars.

Instead of the usual four shuttle lots where people can park and catch a $4 round-trip ride to the bowl, there will be just three. The freeway-friendly one at the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park will be out of commission due to construction to improve drainage, reports the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which operates the Hollywood Bowl.

Two free lots along Ventura Boulevard near Lankershim Boulevard will be operating, and bowl-goers also can catch a bowl shuttle at the Hollywood & Highland center, although they'll have to pay to park in its garage.

Unchanged are the farther-flung park-and-ride lots around L.A. County, where concert-goers can park for free and catch a bus to the bowl for an $8 round-trip. There are 14 park-and-rides for the L.A. Phil's presentations, and six for rock concerts and other non-Phil events.

Click here for the information needed to plan your trek. Culture Monster and all living creatures thank you for using mass transit.

-- Mike Boehm


Runnin' on empty

Photo: Last season's opening night fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

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Metro. Red. Line.

The shuttle is a nightmare. For a recent James Taylor/Carole King show at the Bowl, my friend and I tried the "6:30 p.m." Pasadena shuttle. The line was huge and our shuttle didn't leave Pasadena til 7 p.m. Alas, the show started at 7:30 and we didn't get to the Bowl until after 8. If we had left Pasadena by car at 6:30, we'd have made it to the concert on time.

Bottom line: If the Bowl wants to encourage mass transit, it needs to have enough shuttles AND run them on time. One reason our shuttles left so late is the ticketing system. As you board the bus, every passenger has to insert $8 into a bill-reading machine. That means each person is inserting at least four bills into the machine - so it takes a LONG time to get everyone on board. Charging $10 and having people insert just one or two bills would cut boarding time in half. Or, better yet, let people pay the transit employees who were standing around BEFORE the shuttles arrived, and let people board immediately.


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