Although not mentioned in the below article published in the OC Register, the Friends of San Clemente donated the funds that enabled the City to obtain the grant and ability to implement the trolley program that is scheduled to commence this summer! We are very excited to be involved in this tremendous asset for the city and look forward to meeting riders taking advantage of this amenity!

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When San Clemente launches its first summer trolley service, the open-air shuttle buses will prominently display the words “Free Rides” next to the boarding door.

City Council members Tuesday approved a red-and-black color motif, saluting the colors of San Clemente High School’s state champion football team, for a free shuttle expected to operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

The trolley design will also display the words Shorecliffs, North Beach, S.C. Pier and Del Mar to alert visitors and locals where they can ride for free. Three buses are being manufactured for the city, so riders won’t have to wait more than 15 minutes for the next shuttle to arrive along a route proposed to run between a Shorecliffs Middle School parking lot near I-5 and Avenida Vista Hermosa, North Beach, downtown and the pier.

Proposed hours are noon to 8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. City staff will present a proposed route with stops for the council’s consideration this spring.

A $1.3 million grant from the Orange County Transportation will fund most of the costs of operating the trolley for six summers. The city’s share will be $146,000, a city staff report said.

The city may try to generate some revenue by allowing advertisement panels on the interior, officials said. On the exterior, the trolley also will include the logo of the Friends of San Clemente Foundation, which became a sponsor by donating $10,000 to help the city win the OCTA grant that made the shuttle possible.

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