Five Orange County cities will collectively receive up to $6.8 million over a period of three to five years to provide community-based transit services such as popular summer trolleys that allow visitors to enjoy Orange County destinations without the hassle of driving or parking.
Funding is provided through Measure M (also known as OC Go), the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. When the sales tax measure was renewed by voters in 2006, it included a funding program for cities to develop and implement community-based transit services (like shuttles and trolleys). These services are intended to connect riders to major civic, employment and shopping destinations, along with key transportation centers, in order to meet local needs which also complement OC Bus service.
Of the $6.8 million, nearly $5.2 million was awarded to five seasonal transit circulators, including the Laguna Beach Summer Breeze Service, the San Juan Capistrano Trolley, as well as expansions to Dana Point, Newport Beach, and San Clemente trolleys. Find information about this year’s free summer shuttles here.
In addition, expansion of San Clemente’s rideshare pilot program is also being evaluated.