A free bus line that will take passengers to Costa Mesa’s popular cultural, shopping and dining hotspots along a busy stretch of the city made its debut last week.
City officials and representatives with Anaheim Resort Transportation – who is partnering with the city in the joint effort – kicked off the ART-Costa Mesa Line with a July 14 ribbon cutting ceremony at the Experian building near Bristol Street.
The 30-passenger bus line will operate within the city’s borders from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on South Bristol Street and ending at Town Center Drive.
Some of the route’s 12 stops include the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Plaza, THE Camp and The LAB.
The new line will “offer those who live, work and shop here a free and convenient way to get to the hubs of creative culture and cuisine,” said Mayor Katrina Foley.
The Orange County Transportation Authority is funding the $2.8 million program through grants which are intended to encourage cities to develop circulator bus lines that serve areas with little or no regional public transit.
The Resort Transportation agency will operate the compressed natural gas buses.
The program will need to service 85 riders per day to be considered successful. The Transportation Authority will assess the effort in one year, said Belinda Trani, with the director of sales and marketing for Anaheim Resort Transportation.
ART operates 22 bus lines that service the Anaheim Resort District – the area around Disneyland – and other cities where passengers are taken to several locations in Anaheim.
The agency will continue to provide shuttle service from the city to the Resort District and from several Anaheim hotels to South Coast Plaza. The fare for that line is $5.50 for adults and $2 for children.
Costa Mesa’s line will help residents, visitors and local employees get to and from popular destinations during hours when traffic congestion is high,
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