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Balboa Peninsula Trolley

Ride for free each Saturday and Sunday through September 3

Post Date:06/14/2017 9:48 a.m.

The City will offer a free transportation option on the Balboa Peninsula during busy summer weekends. The Balboa Peninsula Trolley will begin service on Saturday, June 17 to help visitors and locals easily travel along and explore the Peninsula. 

The trolley is scheduled to operate each Saturday and Sunday through September 3, 2017. The hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. It will also be in service on the Fourth of July holiday and will have extended hours - from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. - that day only.

With 18 designated stops along the route, trolley users will be able to comfortably explore the Peninsula and its wide range of retail and dining opportunities or spend the day at the beach without having to worry about finding parking. 

“During the summer, the Peninsula often becomes a challenge for those seeking parking to visit the beach or many of our wonderful restaurants and businesses,” Councilmember Diane Dixon stated. “The trolley allows our residents and visitors an opportunity to move around the Peninsula without having to worry about finding a place to park or losing their parking place. This service has been envisioned for many years and I am ecstatic we finally found a way to make it happen.” 

Free parking is available for trolley users in the lower Hoag Hospital parking lot at Hoag Drive and Coast Highway. A trolley is scheduled to pick up users at every stop in 15-minute intervals, depending on conditions. Users are invited to climb aboard or exit the trolley at any of the stops along the way to and from the Balboa Pier and Fun Zone area. For those planning a day at the beach, the trolley can accommodate bicycles, surfboards under six-feet long, and beach gear.

Users can obtain real-time locations of the trolleys online at or by downloading the mobile app, Ride Systems, and searching for Newport Beach from its list of agencies.

The City received funding for the trolley service through a competitive grant process from the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Measure M2 Project V-Community Based Transit Circulators. The City was awarded $685,454 in grant funding for a seven-year operating period and is required to match the funding by 12 percent. The grant program was provided for local agencies to develop transit services to meet the needs in areas not adequately served by regional transit.

For additional information on the trolley, visit

Trolley Launch Pop-Up Event

Join us on Friday, June 16 at four iconic locations on the Balboa Peninsula as we celebrate the launch of the Balboa Peninsula Trolley.

The trolley will be arriving at the times (estimated) and locations listed below.

  • 10 a.m. - Dedication ceremony in front of the Harborside Pavilion, 400 Main Street
  • 10:40 a.m. - Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Boulevard
  • 11 a.m. - Ben Carlson Memorial Statue, 70 Newport Pier
  • 11:40 a.m. - Lido Marina Village, 3434 Via Lido

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