The City of Dana Point will begin Summer Weekend Trolley Service Friday, June 26th and will run Friday/Saturday/Sunday through Labor Day, September 7th. This year limits the shuttle to weekend-only service, with hopes that this year’s success will support a summer long, seven day a week service in 2016.
The trolley route will run from Capistrano County Beach at Coast Highway/Beach Road/Palisades Drive in Capistrano Beach to the Ritz Carlton and the Monarch St. Regis, where it will connect with the Laguna Beach trolley. Stops near major hotels, the Lantern District, Strand Beach (Selva), the Harbor, Doheny State Beach, Coast Highway timeshares, and Doheny Village, among other locations are included. This Trolley Route Map (PDF) link shows the entire route and stops in detail.
During the initial year, leased shuttles will be colorfully wrapped to look like “Woodys” to help attract customers. In order for the City to retain OCTA grant funds to operate the trolleys, each trolley must attain at least 10 boardings per hour. This equates to about 500 boardings per day. Assuming a successful initial year, the trolley provider will purchase new open air trolleys for summer long service thereafter. So we need everyone’s help to make this first year successful!
The trolley service is free. All vehicles will be powered by alternative fuels, will be handicap accessible, and have bike racks. In order to offer timely service, 4 trolleys will be used to ensure wait times are 15 minutes or less.
Interested in learning more about the Trolley program? Attend an informative forum featuring Brad Fowler, Director of Public Works & Engineering for the City of Dana Point on Thursday, June 11th at the Dana Point Community Center.