San Juan Capistrano

                San Juan Capistrano’s Free Summer Trolley a Hit

                                             By Kerry Ferguson, San Juan Capistrano Council Member

 San Juan’s free trolley system is making new friends every day that it runs. Already, ridership is meeting or exceeding our goals each weekend. Last weekend saw half again as many per hour as our goal. 
Councilman John Perry joins 20 residents of
Brookdale Senior Living on a Trolley ride downtown 
 People who ride have really nice things to say. Tiffany from North Carolina wrote, “Our entire family enjoyed the ride and are hoping to hop on again this weekend. We are looking forward to touring the Mission and learning more about the history of San Juan Capistrano...thank you for your kindness and made our visit here even more memorable.”

Riding along last Friday evening, we had pickups of entire families as well as a mother with a half dozen girls in tow at the Park ‘n Ride, the Residence Inn, the Train Depot and the cluster of Senior apartments on Rancho Viejo Road. All came into town to the stop at the Mission and to enjoy restaurants, the theater and shops.

With the new Trolley Tracker, you can check the location of the trolley every 30 seconds and plan accordingly. We never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes for it to come to our chosen stop. It is so cool!

The trolley is primarily funded by grants from the Air Quality Management District, with only $3000 coming from San Juan Capistrano’s General Fund. The Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Heritage Tourism Association provided all the marketing. Next year, we hope to extend it to outlying neighborhoods for pickups and drop-offs as well as connections to Dana Point and San Clemente with grant funding from OCTA. The trolley is fun, it brings people into town to shop and dine, it eases traffic and parking, and it helps our air quality.

 Hours for the trolley are:

 Fridays: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 Now’s the time to get on board and ENJOY THE RIDE!

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