Trolley Hop participants weren’t the only passengers on day one, Friday, June 26. A number of teens on their way to and from area beaches also hopped on for the free ride. Photo: Andrea Swayne
Trolley Hop participants weren’t the only passengers on day one, Friday, June 26. A number of teens on their way to and from area beaches also hopped on for the free ride. Photo: Andrea Swayne

All summer long, residents and visitors will be able to hop aboard one of the city’s new trolleys and ride around the city.

Starting next week, four open-air trolleys will ride down Pacific Coast Highway, Del Obispo Street and through Niguel Road.

“It’s a nice thing to have,” said Dana Point Public Works and Engineering Services Director, Brad Fowler. “It reduces summer congestion and parking issues.”

This is the second-year the summer trolley service is in the city, and officials have taken a look at what they could improve on.

“One thing we added this year was the parking areas on the trolley map,” Fowler said.

The service also included new stops and more operational days.

“We wanted to do seven days from the beginning,” Fowler said. “But, we have to meet so many boardings per hour.”

With the results of last summer’s service, the city feels they will be able to meet the requirements for amount of times people board during the week, even though it won’t be as busy.

This year, there is also a Harbor Shuttle that runs along Dana Point Harbor Drive and down to the Catalina Express Shuttle parking.

WHAT’S NEXT: The trolleys can be tracked online, or through the mobile app. Each is expected to make their stops within 15 minutes, making the round-trip in about an hour. For more information on the trolleys, visit www.dptrolley.com. — KP

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