City Council approves free trolley service for Camarillo

by Logan McFadden

The Camarillo City Council approved free trolley service at the Council meeting on Wednesday evening. The round trip time is estimated at 30 minutes. Trolley service will start on October 1, 2014.

Camarillo%20TrolleyResidents, university students and tourists will enjoy transportation service from the Metrolink train station on Lewis Road through Old Town and adjacent streets to the end of the line at Target Center near the Los Posas exit on the 101 Freeway. The trolley will stop at numerous retail store and shopping center locations. The trolley will run seven days a week. Hours of operation are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm with extended hours on Friday and Saturday to 10:00 pm.

The City will also consider extending service on Friday and Saturday nights to 11:00 pm to primarily accommodate the students at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI). Students will have coordinated shuttle service provided between the campus and the Metrolink station. Other riders will be able to park their car at a convenient location, shop along the route and return to their car.

The City, business owners, and the University will support the annual operating expenses of $200,000. The City will provide $100,000. The Chamber of Commerce will raise funds from businesses located along the route to cover $80,000. The remaining $20,000 will be donated by CSUCI.

Participating businesses will be offered advertising space on the trolley, subject to space limitations. An “app” will be available for cellular phones to track the location of the trolley along the route.

The first year of trolley service will provide a “demonstration” period to make the public aware of this new service. Ridership will then be evaluated on a quarterly basis to ensure that a minimum average of 30 rides per day is maintained to justify the free service.

Camarillo City Council agenda: HERE

Trolley Service Agreement: HERE

Logan McFadden is our newest Citizensjournal.us city reporter and a recently retired banker, residing in Camarillo.

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