Free Balboa Peninsula trolley service kicks off on June 17th

The City of Newport Beach wants to make it easier for people to get around during the summer. That's why the Balboa Peninsula Trolley will operate every Saturday and Sunday through September 3rd. The best part? It'll be free for riders. 

The trolley will operate between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. during the weekend, offering rides to locals and tired tourists who want to get around the area. There are 18 planned stops along the route that starts at Hoag Hospital parking lot to the Balboa Pier/Fun Zone area. 

“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.”

For those who wish to use the trolley, there's even better news. Free parking will be available for those users in the lower Hoag Hospital parking lot at Hoag Drive and Coast highway. Trolleys are scheduled to pick up users at every stop in 15-minute intervals (depending on weather and traffic conditions). 

If you're planning a day at the beach, bring your stuff along! The trolley can accomodate bicycles, surfboards under six-feet long and beach gear. 

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