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Summer Weekend Trolley Service

June 16th - September 7th

Post Date:08/27/2015

Summer Trolley Announcement

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.

Riders will be able to access real-time trolley locations and wait times on their phones with the use of a website tracker at

Please provide your feedback regarding the Trolley at

The Summer Weekend Trolley Service Operating Hours are:
Fridays 12 NOON to 10 PM
Saturdays  10 AM to 10 PM
Sundays  10 AM to 8 PM
Labor Day 10 AM to 8 PM

These hours will be adjusted, based upon usage, in the following years.

Look for these Trolley Signs to identify the stops along the route: 

These signs will be found at the following locations and correspond with numbers on the Trolley Route Map  (PDF):

1.     Ritz Carlton Drive/Resort   
2.     Selva Road/Strand Beach - South   
3.     Ruby Lantern/Del Prado
4.     Violet Lantern/Del Prado
5.     Dana Point Harbor Drive - Southbound   
6.     Doheny State Park
7.     DoubleTree/Doheny Campground
8.     Capo County Beach/Palisades Drive
9.     Olamendi's Restaurant/Bridge Beach Access   
10.   Doheny Village/Doheny Park Road
11.   Park Lantern/Marriott Hotel
12.   Dana Point Harbor Drive - Northbound
13.   La Plaza/Hobie
13A. PCH @ Ruby Lantern
14.   Selva Road/Strand Beach - North
15.   St. Regis Hotel/Niguel Road
16.   Sea Terrace Park/Library

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