You might have noticed a red trolley (there are four of them) traveling around Balboa Peninsula of late. The Balboa Peninsula Trolley was officially launched in late June and is providing free service to riders on weekends through September 3.
The new trolley service is provided by the City of Newport Beach to allow residents and visitors an opportunity to move around the Peninsula without having to worry about finding a place to park. Summer parking and traffic congestion has been a problem for years on the Peninsula, so the trolley service is a welcome respite.
There are 18 designated stops along the route, including Balboa Village and Fun Zone, Marina Park, Newport Pier and Lido Marina Village. See PeninsulaTrolley.com for all the locations. Parking is free for trolley users at the lower Hoag Hospital parking lot at Hoag Drive and Pacific Coast Highway. The trolley picks up riders at every stop in 15 minute intervals, and users are invited to climb aboard or exit the trolley at any of the stops along the way. For those planning a day at the beach, the trolley can accommodate bicycles, surfboards under six feet long and beach gear. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
So, set aside your Balboa Peninsula parking concerns on the weekends this summer and climb aboard the Balboa Peninsula Trolley to enjoy a day at the beach, fun shopping, tasty dining or a spin on the Balboa Fun Zone’s Ferris Wheel. NewportBeachCA.gov/trolley