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Beach Shuttle Service Extended for Abbot Kinney Festival

Bus will take passengers from Venice to Marina del Rey and Playa Vista.

The free beach shuttle will continue busing passengers in Marina del Rey, Playa Vista and Venice until Oct. 7 to accommodate the Abbot Kinney Festival date change. 

The festival was originally scheduled for Sunday but changed to Oct. 7 because of Carmageddon, the 405 Freeway closure. The free shuttle service between the beach communities was scheduled to make its last route on Sunday as well, but Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe announced the extension on Thursday.

The free public transportation service has been running since May 25 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.  The shuttle makes its round trip every 30 minutes, carrying passengers to a number of sites including Fisherman’s Village, the Waterside Shopping Center, Mother's Beach and the Venice Beach Pier.  

The shuttle will provide service to the Abbot Kinney Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Thanks to the partnership with Playa Vista, those who want to visit Marina del Rey or travel to the Abbot Kinney Festival can enjoy the ride without worrying about finding parking or dealing with traffic headaches,” said Knabe in a statement. 

The Abbot Kinney festival, founded in 1984, brings together about 150,000 people to enjoy live music, food and arts and crafts.

The festival will also have a special area for kids on the grounds of Westminster Elementary School where children can play music, paint and make jewelry.  

The event will also feature the Spirit of Venice Awards, which recognize exemplary individuals in the community, such as artists, civic leaders and athletes.

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