By Daniel Ritz
The city of Dana Point recently released trolley ridership information for the 2017 summer season spanning June 9 to Sept. 4.
The trolley totaled over 78,000 riders, with the Harbor Shuttle exceeding 10,000 riders, this season. The trolley averaged just fewer than 18 riders per hour, and the Harbor Shuttle averaged just under nine riders per hour. Together, the two programs averaged over 13 riders per hour, exceeding the Orange County Transportation Authority’s minimum requirement of 10 riders per hour. Given the success of the program, the Orange County Transportation Authority will allow two grants that currently fund the program to continue.
Compared to the 2016 season, recorded as June 17 to Sept. 5, total ridership increased by almost 4,000 riders.
City of Dana Point staff will be reviewing the trolley statistics in detail alongside community feedback before presenting results for discussion to City Council in Nov.