Free Apple Hill Shuttle May Help To Ease Traffic

Fall festivities are in full bloom at Apple Hill as the holiday season is quickly approaching. 

Anyone who has made the trek up to Camino in recent years knows that traffic has become an un-fun issue that visitors and residents have to deal with while on their way to hay rides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches.

El Dorado County officials are trying out a shuttle service this year that may help to decrease congestion.

Here's everything you need to know about the Apple Farms Shuttle:

  • The shuttle will serve riders free of cost every Saturday and Sunday through the end of October. 
  • It will make a 10.8-mile loop stopping at 11 different locations and is and scheduled to leave every 15 to 20 minutes. 
  • It will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Visitors can park at one of 400 free spots at 2796 Larsen Drive, off Carson Road to catch the shuttle.
  • It bicycle, wheelchair and handicap accessible. 

There was previously a shuttle service, but it was discontinued in 2013 because it constantly got caught in traffic.

To avoid that happening again, parts of westbound Carson Road will be closed on weekends.

The county says the pilot project is costing an estimated $280,000.

If it helps to ease traffic during the fall-rush, they will consider bringing it back in the future.

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