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By Allison Jarrell

At the San Juan Capistrano City Council’s March 17 meeting, City Engineer George Alvarez presented several summer trolley options for the council to consider, including leasing a trolley from the city of Brea.

Council members agreed on leasing a trolley mid-June through September and gave city staff direction to move forward with pursuing a lease agreement with Brea. Unlike the tri-city trolley program that has been explored in the past, this trolley would only serve stops in San Juan. The trolley’s route would be determined at a later date with the help of a consultant.

Staff reported that the estimated cost of a trolley service this summer would be $42,000, in addition to whatever cost per mile Brea would charge. City staff said it would be possible to use AB 2677 funds from the Air Quality Management District funds to cover the costs.

The proposal for a summer trolley program will go back before the City Council on April 7.

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  • Just a thought. Why not purchase several horse drawn buggies @ about 3500.00 a piece and run them up and down Camino Capistrano in the evenings. We could buy 10 for less than the cost to rent a trolly from Brea.. I would love to see horse drawn buggies in town. Folks could park at the train station parking lot or the Big Lots plaza and ride to a restaurant or bar or out as far as JSerra and back through town. What a charming date or fun way to end an evening. The drivers could charge a fee and get tips. And, we are more of a horsey town than a trolley town. They would also be great to hall teens around to prom’s and spring dances. We could run those buggies all summer long. This would keep more events in town. The playhouse gets out and drives people to dinner etc.

  • Why does San Juan need a trolley service? $42,000 spent on this when everything is in walking distance?

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