Wave Staff Report
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city has resumed service for the PickUp, its free weekend shuttle service.
The shuttle operates from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 2 to 10 p.m. Sundays in a loop on Santa Monica Boulevard between Robertson Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.
The PickUp (also known as the WeHo PickUp) is a trolley service that was launched by the city as a pilot program in 2013. The program was continued in 2014 and, in 2015, a route extension was approved along Santa Monica Boulevard.
Service was paused in March 2020 following the city’s declaration of local emergency and regional safer at home orders at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the city’s efforts to safeguard community health during the pandemic, the PickUp will feature modifications that align with directives for entertainment shuttles from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. They include social distancing of six feet between passengers, riders will not be allowed to board with COVID-19 symptoms, windows will be open to improve ventilation and reduce the risk of transmission, riders will be required to wear masks that cover the mouth and nose and drivers must be fully vaccinated.
Specific modifications will limit ridership to 50% of maximum capacity to assist riders in maintaining social distance. Properly worn masks will be required to board and may not be removed while aboard trolleys.
The city plans to update its PickUp vehicles with newly refreshed photo-based characters and new typefaces, logos and designs. The soft-launch will feature a roll-out of one trolley featuring new graphics and additional trolleys in the fleet will be refreshed in the coming weeks.
Visit The PickUp online at www.wehopickup.com to access a trolley tracker, route information and more. For more information, contact Francisco Gomez, city transportation program administrator, at (323) 848-6454.