A new shuttle service is rolling along San Diego's Embarcadero.
For $1, visitors can hop aboard the Big Bay Shuttle for a six-stop ride along the bayfront that will connect Harbor Island to the South Embarcadero, near the San Diego Convention Center. The $1 ticket price also allows riders on and off privileges for the entire day.
The service kicked off over Memorial Day weekend, with the first riders being a family from Minnesota.
Four shuttles, carrying 12 to 15 passengers each, will stop at the following locations every 15-20 minutes:
- Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (Harbor Island)
- Maritime Museum of San Diego
- Broadway/Navy Pier (outside of the Bay Cafe)
- Seaport Village
- San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel & Marina
- Hilton Bayfront San Diego (next to the San Diego Convention Center)
Hours of operation are:
- Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The shuttle will run for 14 weeks over the summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Shuttles are clearly marked, adorned with the Big Bay logo.
Rides on the shuttle are also included in the cost of parking at the Port's public parking facilities at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, the Convention Center, and Navy Pier. Users of these parking lots may request their shuttle tickets from the parking attendant.
- Big Bay Shuttle information website
The shuttle is being operated in partnership with Ace Parking. At least one shuttle will be a CNG vehicle and one will be ADA compatible.
It will be funded through a combination of Port parking revenues and shuttle riders.
Following this summer's trial run, Port staff will evaluate the program's success and plans for a long-term service to commence operations in the summer of 2013.
About the Port:
The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.
The Port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 17 public parks, the Harbor Police Department, and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.