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Announcing the Balboa Peninsula Trolley
The Balboa Peninsula Trolley is a new, free service for community members and visitors. The trolley is intended to move people around the Peninsula without having to pay for parking or worry about finding a place to park. The trolley service begins on Saturday, June 17 and will continue each Saturday and Sunday through September 3, 2017. The trolley will also run and have extended hours on the Fourth of July holiday. The hours of operation on July 4, 2017 are from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The trolley route begins in the parking lot of Hoag Hospital and makes it way along Newport/Balboa Boulevard to the Balboa Pier and follows the same path on the return trip to Hoag Hospital. There are 18 stops along the way, 10 on the way to the Balboa Pier and eight on the return trip. There will be a total of four trolleys operating each day. It is estimated that a trolley will be at each stop every 15 minutes; however, service may be delayed during periods of heavy traffic. Riders are welcome to get on and off at any of the stops along the route.
Free parking is being provided at Hoag Hospital's Lower Campus parking lot located off of Coast Highway at Hoag Drive.
- View the City's Draft Complementary Paratransit Plan for the Balboa Peninsula Trolley
Stops and Things to Do
A web page is being developed that will list the trolley stops and fun things to do. Watch for it to be posted here soon.
What Can I Bring on the Trolley?
- Bicycles - There is a rack on the front of the trolley that can accommodate two bicycles.
- Surfboards - Riders will have to hold their surfboard in an upright position and the surfboard has to be no longer than six feet.
- Beach gear - There is space for you to load up all your beach gear.
- Luggage - Travelers to Catalina Island can bring their luggage on board.
Riders can view real-time trolley locations online at peninsulatrolley.com or on a mobile app. To download the app, search for "Ride Systems" in the app store and download. Once installed, search for "Newport Beach" from the list of agencies.
Since 2011, efforts to revitalize neighborhoods on the Peninsula have increased attention on the need for alternative means of travel along the Balboa Peninsula. The goals of the program include:
- Providing an alternative to cruising for a parking space on the Balboa Peninsula;
- Encouraging visitors to the Balboa Village and the beaches; and
- Designing a service that is simple to understand, easy to use and fun.
In April 2015, the City's Community Development Department conducted a feasibility study for a potential shuttle/trolley program. With the input of local stakeholders and the City's Balboa Village Advisory Committee (BVAC), the study was completed in October 2015.
In November 2015, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) initiated a call for projects for its Project V-Community Based Transit Circulators. This competitive grant program enables local agencies to develop transit services to meet the needs in areas not adequately served by regional transit.
Following City Council's January 26, 2016 approval (Resolution No. 2016-15), staff submitted a grant application for the Balboa Peninsula Shuttle/Trolley Project. The OCTA's Board of Directors approved funding the program on June 13, 2016. The City was awarded $685,454 in grant funding and needs to match the funding by 12 percent. The OCTA grant funding significantly off-sets the costs of the trolley and allows the City to operate the service for free to its users.