Days & Hours of Operation
Ride the Balboa Peninsula Trolley
The Balboa Peninsula Trolley is a free service to get you easily moving around the Peninsula without having to pay for parking or worry about finding a place to park. The trolley operates each Saturday and Sunday during the summer beginning on May 26, 2018. The trolley will be in service for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 3. Regular hours of operation are from 9:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
General Trolley Information
The trolley route has been slightly modified this year. The first stop is located next to the Avon Street Parking Lot, which is located near the intersection of Tustin Avenue and Avon Street within Mariners' Mile. Trolley drivers will provide riders with a code to cover the cost of parking in the lot.
TIP: Download the "ParkMobile" app and set up your profile (vehicle make, model and license plate) in advance. Then, apply the code when you board the trolley.
From there, you can ride for free along the route down the Peninsula and get off and back on at any of the 22-marked trolley stops - all for free.
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.
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 and get ready to ride.
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.
- View the City's Draft Complementary Paratransit Plan for the Balboa Peninsula Trolley