City Council on Tuesday received and filed a report on the free summer weekend Dana Point PCH Trolley confirming the pilot program not only met but exceeded ridership goals this summer, and for that reason will continue next year.
The target ridership of 10 boardings per hour (500 per day)—needed to secure grant funding from the Orange County Transportation Authority for its operation—was nearly doubled, said Brad Fowler, director of public works and engineering.
The success of this year’s inaugural program will allow the city to expand the service to seven days a week next summer, Fowler said.
The vehicle contractor will also be able to purchase open-air trolleys, similar to those utilized in Laguna Beach, to replace the leased shuttle vans used this summer.
This weekend’s service has been extended to include Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, which will be the last day of operation this summer.
Trolleys will run from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Trolleys arrive at stops every 15 minutes.
FIND OUT MORE: A trolley route map is available online at www.danapoint.org. For real-time arrivals, visit the Trolley Tracker at www.dptrolley.com.