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One Griffith Park shuttle scrapped, another expanded in revised traffic plan

FILE: A view of the iconic Hollywood sign and Griffith Park.
FILE: A view of the iconic Hollywood sign and Griffith Park.
Patricia Nazario

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Los Angeles city officials presented a revised plan to make it easier to get around busy Griffith Park at a community meeting Wednesday in Atwater Village.

Their initial proposal unveiled at a meeting in January drew sharp criticism from biking and hiking advocates who objected to adding a shuttle service along Mt. Hollywood Drive, which has been closed to cars.

The shuttle was designed to take visitors to a new viewing place for the Hollywood sign. 

Zachary Rynew, a biking advocate who writes the CiclaValley blog, was pleasantly surprised when officials announced they would scrap the idea for the shuttle and keep the drive car-free.

"There’s very few spots where they have enough space where you can walk with your friends, walk with your dog, and not worry about anything interfering," he said. "It shows the park commissioners had been listening to the people."

Ideas in the original plan like parking charges and converting some streets to just one way remain in the proposal.

Some area residents are still concerned that the plan doesn't do enough to address the thousands of tourists who want to view the Hollywood sign. The visitors often park their cars in adjoining residential neighborhoods and clog the streets. 

One change that may help: the park will expand its DASH shuttle service from the Red Line Metro station at Vermont Avenue from weekends only to seven-days-a-week, running every 20 minutes starting on March 19.

Officials are still considering whether to add a staging area and shuttle service at the base of Mt. Hollywood Drive to encourage tourists to view the Hollywood sign there.

Members of the public can offer their comments on the city's parks website through this Friday.

A map of the existing DASH shuttle service to Griffith Park from the Red Line Metro station at Vermont Avenue The service will expand from weekends only to seven-days-a-week on March 19.
A map of the existing DASH shuttle service to Griffith Park from the Red Line Metro station at Vermont Avenue The service will expand from weekends only to seven-days-a-week on March 19.
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