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nneiman
04-16-2012, 10:02 AM
We have shuttle passes for Weekend 2. Was curious, did the Weekend 1 shuttles run often? Were they convenient and fast? Is taking the shuttle better than driving and parking at the event? We have passes for the Palm Springs line.

CrimesceneCookie
04-16-2012, 01:01 PM
Shuttles are always great.
The only problem is the 2 mile walk loop to the shuttle pick up area at the end of the night.
Pretty rude to put people through after 12 hours of dancing.

PlayaDelWes
04-16-2012, 01:07 PM
The 3/4 lap around the shuttle area is understandable. Unless they put in a pedestrian bridge over the buses coming in and out of the lot, I can't see any other way to more efficiently queue the buses and passengers. It's a pretty impressive operation. Well done again Valley Music Travel.

gaypalmsprings
04-16-2012, 04:58 PM
I LOVE the shuttles. Each shuttle depends on the driver & the bus & the occupants. I really appreciate having a place to nap on the way home, instead of worrying about traffic.

vogina
04-16-2012, 05:43 PM
Pretty rude to put people through after 12 hours of dancing.

Really....

phunkyzen
04-16-2012, 06:02 PM
It took an hour to an hour and 15 minutes to get from the JW Marriott to the stages. It took over an hour and a half to get back each night.

I would think putting the queue lines on the right side of the shuttle field would make more sense. That walk around the field is ridiculous.

Also, having to go through two security checkpoints is completely inefficient. As if having one overeager security guard finger my ass crack and grope my nuts isn't enough. Then all the shuttle people go clog up the line with the campers to get searched again.

Overall, the shuttles were good though. There was always a bus ready to roll and friendly people to talk to.

Lynn163
04-16-2012, 07:06 PM
The 3/4 lap around the shuttle area is understandable. Unless they put in a pedestrian bridge over the buses coming in and out of the lot, I can't see any other way to more efficiently queue the buses and passengers. It's a pretty impressive operation. Well done again Valley Music Travel.

Wes, did you go through the ridiculous 2 security checks once trying to enter the polo grounds, or were you lucky enough to time it where you just walked through? I loved the shuttles, but felt like I was being punished and suspected as a heroin dealer every day coming through. I'm not exaggerating either...it was really bad and makes me want to rethink the shuttles for next year.

PlayaDelWes
04-16-2012, 07:10 PM
Funny you should ask...


Interesting Lynn. What times were you going in and out? For us:

Day 1 LQ - > Fest - LQ Resort to Locker in almost an hour and a half
- 11:50: Got on shuttle at LQ resort as it was leaving, no wait on board
- Shuttle got lost on way to fest, had to turn around twice (added ~10 extra minutes)
- Search 1 into campgrounds: 25 mins in my line, 15 mins in all other lines
- Search 2 into fest: 15 mins

Day 1 Fest -> LQ
- No delays

Day 2 LQ -> Fest - LQ Resort to Locker in < 40 mins
- 11:40: Hopped on shuttle and left withing a couple of minutes
- Straight shot to festival
- Search 1 into campgrounds: < 1 min for all of us
- Search 2 into festival: <1 min for all of us

Day 2 Fest -> LQ
- 1:00 AM No delays

Day 3 LQ -> Fest - LQ Resort to Locker in ~ 45 mins
- 2:00 Hopped on shuttle and left withing a couple of minutes
- Straight shot to festival
- Search 1 into campgrounds: 5-10 min depending on the line
- Search 2 into festival: <5 min for all of us

Day 3 Fest -> LQ
- 11:55 PM No delays

Lynn163
04-16-2012, 07:24 PM
Funny you should ask...

Wes, i have to tell you...you scare me! That was fast!

You are so lucky! I have to admit the only reason I know it was over 2 hours is because I was bitching via text to my mom! Part of the delay was because of stupid gals being stupid and trying to argue their way in with their contraband. You my friend got lucky because my husbands line took even longer. They really need to change something. Maybe not make us go through the camp grounds?! I don't know. I just got home and am really tired.

PlayaDelWes
04-16-2012, 07:36 PM
Yea, my line on Friday was 10 mins longer because one security guy would stand around and wait and watch the other security guy search bags before doing the body search. I suggested the guy standing around may be useful if he did body searches simultaneously to those without bags like all the other lines and he wanted no part of advice.

I agree that the body searches were invasive, but who cares. And I totally agree with you at half the delays were because of other patrons either arguing with security or just not paying attention.

Overall, I'd rate VMT an A+ on their part of the operation once again.

Foucault
04-16-2012, 07:40 PM
I was skeptical, but I ended up using them every day. A walk (to the buses) under a beautiful night sky beats sitting in traffic any day.

HAIRYGOOMBA
04-16-2012, 07:44 PM
First time using shuttles and thought they were just great.

No waiting on either end....really didn't mind the walk at all.

Thought everyone did such a great job. Well worth $50.00!

chucko8419
04-16-2012, 07:47 PM
Highly recommend using the shuttle. I've been to several Coachellas and this was my first using the shuttle system. I love the Coachella shuttle system...

Lynn163
04-16-2012, 07:51 PM
Oh absolutely VMT was great! Maybe this thread was the wrong place to vent since the searches had nothing to do with them.

malcolmjama1awesome
04-16-2012, 09:40 PM
search felt good man

malcolmjama1awesome
04-16-2012, 09:42 PM
Also, having to go through two security checkpoints is completely inefficient. As if having one overeager security guard finger my ass crack and grope my nuts isn't enough. Then all the shuttle people go clog up the line with the campers to get searched again.



i smell a massive exaggeration

malcolmjama1awesome
04-16-2012, 09:43 PM
WI loved the shuttles, but felt like I was being punished and suspected as a heroin dealer every day coming through. I'm not exaggerating either...it was really bad and makes me want to rethink the shuttles for next year.

this one too

sidsjiff
04-16-2012, 10:39 PM
First time doing shuttles after years of either walking or biking. Have to say it was awesome to sit back and cruise home, but the long ass walk to the shuttle pickup at the end of the night does suck although at least it's well lit and safe. The comments above about security are accurate but the lesson learned is to get on an early bus - then the lines are short. Few other things:
- some shuttles are long because they go a longer distance, i.e. Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs shuttles
- next time I will go for a shorter shuttle ride (i.e. La Quinta or Tennis Gardens)
- VMT service and attention to their work is good - no issues there.

malcolmjama1awesome
04-16-2012, 11:29 PM
so youre saying they physically grabbed balls, touched nipples on chicks titties and stuck their fingers literally in peoples asscracks. thats what this thread seems to state. bitchin.

coolhandluck
04-16-2012, 11:54 PM
I had an issue with a bus driver on Route 6, Blue line, who did not want to drop me off at Homewood Suites at the end of the night. It's on the shuttle map. I had to talk him into it but made sure I got the bus number. Same thing happened to my wife later with the same guy. I was pretty furious. I emailed VMT and got a call from a supervisor the next day where I discussed my issue. He promised me that he would make sure that there would be no issues the next day.

So last night, we got on and they made Homewood Suites the first stop, which was over compensating but I'll take it. If you have a bus problem, get the bus number off the front sign - it should have some identifying GPS numbers on it - and also the name of the driver. VMT did a great job except for this one dick of a bus driver they hired. I will buy a pass next year.

Searches were inconsistent and it seemed more thorough as the festival went on instead of slacking off. Maybe it was the stabbing in Sahara but they were very, very thorough on Sunday as opposed to Friday.

concertgoer
04-17-2012, 12:07 AM
Shuttle worked great again for me this year.

ialvarado2
04-17-2012, 12:49 AM
so youre saying they physically grabbed balls, touched nipples on chicks titties and stuck their fingers literally in peoples asscracks. thats what this thread seems to state. bitchin.

They definitely touched my balls and dick

Hayleymoo
04-17-2012, 06:11 AM
this was my first time with the shuttle pass after years of driving myself and I'm never going to drive myself again! i was in zone 2 (indian wells hotels) and the ride wasn't too long, the buses have their own entrance (no traffic), they run frequently (never had to wait more than 8 minutes), and u can drink in the shuttle bus. I also found the drivers friendly and i had different bus drivers each trip and none of them got lost or hit traffic. the only bummer is when its the end of the night and ur tired and sore, u have like a 15+ minutes crowded walk all the way back to the shuttle bus lot. ALSO twice i landed in a party shuttle bus with flashing lights and a stripper pole

seebear
04-17-2012, 06:29 AM
Taking the Palm Springs line for the first time. Should I just accept that I'm royally screwed?

lt.roast.a.botch
04-17-2012, 06:35 AM
The Palms Springs line was fine. No long wait for busses to get there or leave. We found it pretty easy to get a taxi home from the shuttle stop. Getting a taxi there took an hr. Bring booze for the 40min drive.

gaypalmsprings
04-17-2012, 07:28 AM
I have taken the Palm Springs line for 2 years now. LOVE IT!

phunkyzen
04-17-2012, 08:43 AM
this one too

This is not an exaggeration. All three days, the security guy ran his finger up the crack of my ass and grabbed my balls.

the goat
04-17-2012, 09:41 AM
This is not an exaggeration. All three days, the security guy ran his finger up the crack of my ass and grabbed my balls.

Sounds like someone paid extra for the VIP treatment!

thombjork
04-17-2012, 02:35 PM
palm desert line worked great, except for saturday night when the bus broke down on the way back and the bus that came to rescue us 40 mins later wanted tips for taking us home. fuck that shit

other than that, no complaints at all. lol

Lynn163
04-17-2012, 02:48 PM
so youre saying they physically grabbed balls, touched nipples on chicks titties and stuck their fingers literally in peoples asscracks. thats what this thread seems to state. bitchin.

Husbands balls grabbed but ass crack was safe. Under-boob searched but nipples were left alone.

Aikopua3
04-18-2012, 05:39 PM
Had shuttle pass this year. Palm Springs line. Never had a problem getting the shuttle to head down each day. Always a shuttle ready to go as soon as I was outside the hotel. The only issue I had was Saturday late afternoon I was heading back and 4 shuttles rolled in and all went on break one after another. There was only 4-5 of us waiting but that was jacked up. The VMT guy felt bad after the third shuttle went on break so he called in a van to take us into Palm Springs. Adam, our driver was really great. Even waited for some of us to run into hotel change and take us back. So all in all the shuttle experience was positive and I'll do it again next year.

iheartbjork
04-24-2012, 08:57 PM
walk back to shuttles at the end of the night seemed like eternity..... until saturday night we ended up talking/walking with two guys from SF and the walk flew by so fast! awesome distraction! we were all coming down and had the best convo ever. thanks boys. =)

mmsk123
04-24-2012, 09:51 PM
Yeah, the shuttle area at night felt like two miles extra of walking after a whole day walking around the fest. I'm sure it was barely a mile but still. They should fix that. There was never any line at all so they don't have to worry about a big pileup or anything.

fooffybunny
04-24-2012, 10:11 PM
walk back to shuttles at the end of the night seemed like eternity

agreed! That was the only downside but nothing unbearable. It's just not fun to deal with after you're completely drained. I also had the Palm Springs line and was really happy with how friendly/helpful and prompt the staff was. It was a 45 minute drive so it made wanting to go back to the hotel rather inconvenient so next time I'll pick a closer shuttle. Fabulous experience though!

CrimesceneCookie
04-24-2012, 10:28 PM
I would pay $25 more for a shuttle pass if they did this instead of the Loop Walk of Death at the end.
http://www.mitchellbridges.com/gfx/pedestrian/pedestrian3.jpg

anonimouse
04-24-2012, 10:53 PM
my friend decided to go shirtless one day and forgot to bring a shirt in his backpack. the shuttle driver said it was regulation that all passengers needed to wear shirts and kicked him off. ok that may be the case on a normal bus on a normal day, but i didnt see any other drivers enforcing this. im pretty sure its also regulation that passengers cant eat food or drink or alcohol on buses as well but nothing was said about that.

we went back to the hotel, got his shirt, came back and the next driver didnt even care about the shirt anyway. then we waited about 15 mins on board the buss in the parking lot. i'd just like to say to the mr regulation-fat-ass-by-the-book-guy, thanks for helping us miss mt. eden :)

everything else VMT related was awesome. all the other drivers were great. this guy just seemed like he was looking for a reason to be a curmudgeon

iheartbjork
05-03-2012, 11:02 PM
I would pay $25 more for a shuttle pass if they did this instead of the Loop Walk of Death at the end.
http://www.mitchellbridges.com/gfx/pedestrian/pedestrian3.jpg

genious

threeve
05-04-2012, 04:24 AM
I would pay $25 more for a shuttle pass if they did this instead of the Loop Walk of Death at the end.
http://www.mitchellbridges.com/gfx/pedestrian/pedestrian3.jpg

YES A MILLION TIMES YES

Darth_Bater
05-04-2012, 05:06 AM
Seriously, looking across the bus lot at the shuttle stops and realizing that we had to walk all the way around the field to get there was heart-breaking every night.

gaypalmsprings
05-04-2012, 05:11 AM
http://www.asciiville.com/media/webcomic/death-march-project.png

mmsk123
05-04-2012, 07:35 AM
You guys should all provide feedback here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CoachellaShuttle2012W2 about the death march loop.

PlayaDelWes
05-04-2012, 07:38 AM
You lazy assess would rather create bottleneck mania than walk an extra few minutes into one of the most efficient operations of that magnitude ever witnessed.

Lynn163
05-04-2012, 08:46 AM
You guys should all provide feedback here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CoachellaShuttle2012W2 about the death march loop.

Thanks for posting this link.

strangelove13
05-04-2012, 09:10 AM
You guys should all provide feedback here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CoachellaShuttle2012W2 about the death march loop.

thanks - I complained via email about the excessive searches and silly walk, and the VMT representative basically said "it wasn't our fault" - so it's nice to have another chance

PlayaDelWes
04-16-2013, 09:44 AM
Shuttles were already perfect and they got better. Backing out the busses instead of looping them around the field along with the corral system shaved off about ten minutes and ľ mile of a walk at the end of each night.

Our wait time leaving La Quinta was no more than five minutes each day and on Sunday, our group of four was the first on the bus and it immediately left for the Polo Fields with just the four of us.

Free water at the end of the night if you asked was pretty nice too, especially after that walk into the dust storm.

Godspeed
04-16-2013, 10:07 AM
Good to hear all the testimonials. I might be taking the shuttle (if I can find passes at the right price). Otherwise, we'll be driving. Looking to hear more testimonials!

Voodoo Hipster
04-16-2013, 10:34 AM
We took Shuttles from Palm Springs Riviera Stop:

Friday - Bought passes day of at the Renaissance Hotel (can be used for any of the 3 stops)
- Zero Wait time for shuttle at Riviera (aussies and Kiwis sang 4 non blondes the entire fucking trip though)
- Went Directly to Coachella via 10 Fwy (trip takes 40 min)
- Coming home waited about 40 min line line for shuttles after show (trip takes about a hour home making stops at all three hotels

SAT - No wait for Shuttle to Coachella - About 20 minutes to get back at end of night

SUN - Waited a hour at Riviera stop for shuttle to Coachella
- No Wait afterwards

Security on Friday was OK searched pockets and patted down - Saturday just a pat down - Sunday got my balls searched and hands inside around waist (also Sunday, Camera was taken apart and bags search was super tight), My flask was not taken away.

Iíll do the shuttles again!

michaele
04-16-2013, 10:40 AM
this is my third year taking the shuttles and i've never had serious problems...except saturday night. took over two hours to get home, waiting in line for over an hour while watching one shuttle come pick people up at a time, it was horrendous. especially having to sit and wait in the middle of the dust storm, and it being very cold out. i honestly thought people were going to start rioting, it was really really bad.

PlayaDelWes
04-16-2013, 10:41 AM
this is my third year taking the shuttles and i've never had serious problems...except saturday night. took over two hours to get home, waiting in line for over an hour while watching one shuttle come pick people up at a time, it was horrendous. especially having to sit and wait in the middle of the dust storm, and it being very cold out. i honestly thought people were going to start rioting, it was really really bad.

Which line and what time Saturday Night?

fishsticks
04-16-2013, 11:27 AM
Which line and what time Saturday Night?

Got in line for the tennis gardens shuttle around 1:30 am sat night after the show and there were like a few hundred people in front of us. We wanted 10 min without seeing a single shuttle show up and decided to have friends who already got home to drive out and pick us up at the pick up lot.

my 7th coachella and my first and last time trying a shuttle.

emoassnolan
04-16-2013, 11:50 AM
First time with the shuttle and I was impressed. Free water, comfortable, party. Bathroom on board smells, but not hot like the portapotties. Never had to wait to get on or off. $50 well spent. But...

Issues:

I had to pick up my shuttle pass at will call because I bought it late. The email said my confirmation was all I needed the first day and there would be will call inside the venue. When I got there, the line was at least 30 mins. I really wanted to see Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, so I figured I would go later in the day. Due to the ridiculous security searches, I still missed them, and came back later in the day...line was still at least 30 mins. I thought I could just get back on with my confirmation, but the guy said I must have a pass or I can't get home.

My friend also needed to change his from blue to purple, but the guy said they were sold out of line changes, and he would need to cab it from a hotel on the blue. So we waited, and since they were sold out, I got a blue line pass with a purple sticker over it, and they told my friend he was SOL. He was lucky because they weren't really checking the color and our friend had an extra pass if they gave him shit, but it was stupid. I wish I took care of business at the Tennis Gardens on Thursday instead of dealing with the Will Call/Customer Service BS at the venue.

We had another problem going back on Friday night. Basically everyone on the bus was at JW Marriott and we were at Homewood Suites. After everyone got off, the bus driver asked what we were doing. We told him we were at Homewood Suites. Driver then brought us through a dark industrial area--thought the bus driver was gonna rob us or something. We finally realized he was lost and making a u-turn, but he still ended up scraping the bus. Laughed about it when we got back safely, but very much relieved.

Saturday and Sunday were fine, non-stop to the venue, first stop back. My friend missed out on Wu-Tang; supposedly they weren't running shuttles to the venue in the sandstorm. I thought it was weird, since we got back fine, but his fault for trying to go late.

TLDR, will call at the venue sucks, but would do it again...

Peter_Tork
04-16-2013, 11:56 AM
Shuttles were great.

Long, dusty walk to shuttles sucked.

michaele
04-16-2013, 11:57 AM
Which line and what time Saturday Night?

Tennis Garden, we left after the last shows were over. i thought it might just be our line, but after finally boarding our shuttle, i saw that all of the other shuttle lines had hoards of people waiting. i noticed during the day that it seemed like there were SO MANY more people compared to friday, and i'm guessing the shuttles just weren't prepared.

froston
04-16-2013, 12:49 PM
I just realized I have a Tennis Line, and not a Palm Desert Line shuttle pass. I am near the end of the Palm Desert Line. I don't believe i can exchange passes at this point... but does anyone know if there is parking near the blue tennis line anywhere? Somewhere i can drop my rental car off for the day and board a shuttle...

michaele
04-16-2013, 12:51 PM
I just realized I have a Tennis Line, and not a Palm Desert Line shuttle pass. I am near the end of the Palm Desert Line. I don't believe i can exchange passes at this point... but does anyone know if there is parking near the blue tennis line anywhere?

there's a decent amount of parking at the Tennis Gardens right where the pick up spots are

froston
04-16-2013, 12:57 PM
Cool... free parking for anyone? I don't want to get towed.