The Board of Port Commissioners unanimously approved the implementation of shuttle on a 14-week trial run during its annual monthly meeting on May 8.
Four shuttles, carrying 12 to 15 passengers each, will begin operation on Monday, May 28, in time for Memorial Day weekend.
The Big Bay shuttle will make it more convenient for visitors to San Diego Bay to park their cars once and spend the entire day on the Embarcadero. Rides on the shuttle are included in the cost of parking at the public parking facilities at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, the San Diego Convention Center, and Navy Pier.
Pedestrians may ride for $1 per passenger, per day. Shuttles will be clearly marked.
The shuttle will also serve the following locations on an average of every 10-15 minutes along the proposed route:
- Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (Harbor Island)
- Maritime Museum of San Diego
- Broadway/Navy Pier (outside of USS Midway Museum)
- Seaport Village
- Marriott Marquis Hotel & Marina/San Diego Convention Center
- Hilton Bayfront San Diego
The shuttle will be operated in partnership with Ace Parking. At least one shuttle will a CNG vehicle and one will be ADA compatible.
The shuttle 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.