A new weekend shuttle that allows shoppers and gawkers to leave their cars behind as they stroll trendy Melrose Avenue started running this week and was hailed by city officials and merchants as a major step in solving longstanding parking problems.
The 25-cent shuttle, which will run every 15 minutes, allows shoppers and restaurant customers to park free at Fairfax High School, 7850 Melrose Ave. The shuttle, a three-month pilot project, will run Saturdays from 6 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky called the shuttle "a happy compromise, designed to meet the needs of residents, merchants and shoppers, that we believe will go a long way toward solving the parking problem on Melrose."
Yaroslavsky, who represents the area, proposed the shuttle and spent about $18,700 from his council district's parking meter fund to underwrite the program and pay for the shuttle, parking lot security guards and promotional efforts. He said the effort would have failed without the school board's agreement to donate the use of the school parking lot and without cooperation from city administrators and area merchants.