2021 Summer Shuttle

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The Free Summer Shuttle’s last day was on Monday, Sept. 6, Labor Day. It has been a great public amenity whether using it to run errands, get to the beach, visit local shops or just get around town. Residents and visitors were able to avoid traffic and searching for parking during the busy summer months. A report on the Free Summer Shuttle will be presented to the City Council on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

The free service, sponsored by the City and Discover Coronado, kicked off on June 6 and served 12,474 passengers in June. In July, there were 21,464 passengers including 1,676 riders on the Fourth of July weekend. The July figures for 2021 totaled about 37% of all riders in the same month in 2019, pre-pandemic. There were 5,970 riders on July 3 and 4 in 2019; 72% fewer people rode over the holiday in 2021 compared to 2019. The special Fourth of July Cays Shuttle, from the Cays to the Community Center, ran two days this year and had 880 riders over two days compared to 557 riders on July 4 (one day shuttle only) in 2019. The decrease could be attributed to the pandemic as fewer visitors came to Coronado, some people may not have wanted to use public transit or some chose to use their own vehicles or other forms of mobility. Although ridership has been down when compared to pre-COVID times, the City has seen a steady increase in ridership from June to July this year.




The complimentary service was launched in 2013 but was discontinued last year. The classic VW bus-themed artwork is back and has been updated to reflect face covering mandates on public transit. Masks that fully cover mouths and noses are required to board the Free Summer Shuttle.

Beginning June 6, residents, guests, and local business operators will see the familiar Free Summer Shuttle buses along the Metropolitan Transit System’s 904 Route from the Coronado Shores and City Hall to the Coronado Ferry Landing and Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. The shuttles run in 15-minute intervals and is free to ride. The program is funded by the City and Discover Coronado underwrites the cost to design and install the unique and colorful wrapping.


Free Metropolitan Transit System day passes are available to Coronado Cays residents at the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association office. The City also has contracted with MTS to provide special free bus service on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents that will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals from the northeast corner of Coronado Cays and Grande Caribe to the southerly corner of Avenue De Las Arenas and Silver Strand Blvd. New this year: Stops will be made upon request at Silver Strand Military Housing on the special July 3 & 4 free bus service from the Cays to the Village, per Metropolitan Transit System officials. As parking is at a premium on the Fourth of July, this will provide a convenient alternative to driving for Cays residents. See the Free Cays Fourth of July Shuttle Operating Schedule under the documents tab.


The Free Summer Shuttle will run through Labor Day, Sept. 6, daily from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and one hour later on Friday and Saturday. More details on the program here: https://bit.ly/ShuttleInfo2021

The Free Summer Shuttle’s last day was on Monday, Sept. 6, Labor Day. It has been a great public amenity whether using it to run errands, get to the beach, visit local shops or just get around town. Residents and visitors were able to avoid traffic and searching for parking during the busy summer months. A report on the Free Summer Shuttle will be presented to the City Council on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

The free service, sponsored by the City and Discover Coronado, kicked off on June 6 and served 12,474 passengers in June. In July, there were 21,464 passengers including 1,676 riders on the Fourth of July weekend. The July figures for 2021 totaled about 37% of all riders in the same month in 2019, pre-pandemic. There were 5,970 riders on July 3 and 4 in 2019; 72% fewer people rode over the holiday in 2021 compared to 2019. The special Fourth of July Cays Shuttle, from the Cays to the Community Center, ran two days this year and had 880 riders over two days compared to 557 riders on July 4 (one day shuttle only) in 2019. The decrease could be attributed to the pandemic as fewer visitors came to Coronado, some people may not have wanted to use public transit or some chose to use their own vehicles or other forms of mobility. Although ridership has been down when compared to pre-COVID times, the City has seen a steady increase in ridership from June to July this year.




The complimentary service was launched in 2013 but was discontinued last year. The classic VW bus-themed artwork is back and has been updated to reflect face covering mandates on public transit. Masks that fully cover mouths and noses are required to board the Free Summer Shuttle.

Beginning June 6, residents, guests, and local business operators will see the familiar Free Summer Shuttle buses along the Metropolitan Transit System’s 904 Route from the Coronado Shores and City Hall to the Coronado Ferry Landing and Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. The shuttles run in 15-minute intervals and is free to ride. The program is funded by the City and Discover Coronado underwrites the cost to design and install the unique and colorful wrapping.


Free Metropolitan Transit System day passes are available to Coronado Cays residents at the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association office. The City also has contracted with MTS to provide special free bus service on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents that will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals from the northeast corner of Coronado Cays and Grande Caribe to the southerly corner of Avenue De Las Arenas and Silver Strand Blvd. New this year: Stops will be made upon request at Silver Strand Military Housing on the special July 3 & 4 free bus service from the Cays to the Village, per Metropolitan Transit System officials. As parking is at a premium on the Fourth of July, this will provide a convenient alternative to driving for Cays residents. See the Free Cays Fourth of July Shuttle Operating Schedule under the documents tab.


The Free Summer Shuttle will run through Labor Day, Sept. 6, daily from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and one hour later on Friday and Saturday. More details on the program here: https://bit.ly/ShuttleInfo2021

  • Free Summer Shuttle Ends Labor Day; Ridership Update

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    The end of summer is fast approaching, which means the Free Summer Shuttle’s last day will be on Monday, Sept. 6, Labor Day. It has been a great public amenity whether using it to run errands, get to the beach, visit local shops or just get around town. Residents and visitors were able to avoid traffic and searching for parking during the busy summer months. The free service, sponsored by the City and Discover Coronado, kicked off on June 6 and served 12,474 passengers in June. In July, there were 21,464 passengers including 1,676 riders on the Fourth of July weekend. The July figures for 2021 totaled about 37% of all riders in the same month in 2019, pre-pandemic. There were 5,970 riders on July 3 and 4 in 2019; 72% fewer people rode over the holiday in 2021 compared to 2019. The special Fourth of July Cays Shuttle, from the Cays to the Community Center, ran two days this year and had 880 riders over two days compared to 557 riders on July 4 (one day shuttle only) in 2019. The decrease could be attributed to the pandemic as fewer visitors came to Coronado, some people may not have wanted to use public transit or some chose to use their own vehicles or other forms of mobility. Although ridership has been down when compared to pre-COVID times, the City has seen a steady increase in ridership from June to July this year. Riders can ride free in September as part of the Metropolitan Transit System’s promotion of its new PRONTO system.

  • Coronado Cays - Day Passes and Special Service

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    Free MTS Day Passes are available to Coronado Cays residents at the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association office.



    Free Metropolitan Transit System day passes are available to Coronado Cays residents at the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association office. The City also has contracted with MTS to provide special free bus service on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents that will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals from the northeast corner of Coronado Cays and Grande Caribe to the southerly corner of Avenue De Las Arenas and Silver Strand Blvd. New this year: Stops will be made upon request at Silver Strand Military Housing on the special July 3 & 4 free bus service from the Cays to the Village, per Metropolitan Transit System officials. As parking is at a premium on the Fourth of July, this will provide a convenient alternative to driving for Cays residents. See the Free Cays Fourth of July Shuttle Operating Schedule under the documents tab.

  • Kick-off Event Details

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    A sure sign that Coronado is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic is the return of the Free Summer Shuttle along Orange Avenue. The City of Coronado is inviting the community to gather on Sunday, June 6, at Spreckels Park, mid-block near Orange Avenue to officially kick off service for the annual Free Summer Shuttle program. The free shuttle service helps keep residents and visitors out of their cars during Coronado’s busiest season. Four brightly wrapped buses will be in service. The City thanks Discover Coronado, who has once again graciously agreed to pay to wrap the four buses. After the kick-off ceremony, the community is invited to take a ride. Enjoy light refreshments and a brass band at 12:45pm before the event starts.

    For more information on the Summer Shuttle, visit: http://bit.ly/ShuttleInfo2021

    The City contracts with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System to operate the Free Summer Shuttle for Village bus service at 15-minute intervals along the existing MTS 904 route. The service offers free rides to passengers from Coronado’s civic center to the Hotel del Coronado, the beach, the Library and Spreckels Park, through the downtown and bayfront shopping and dining area to the Coronado Ferry Landing and Marriott Coronado Island Resort and back.

  • Place Your Ad in Coronado’s Popular Summer Shuttle Bus

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    Coronado is offering interior advertising space on the City’s popular Free Summer Shuttle buses to local businesses and groups.

    Four shuttles will operate from June 6 to September 6. The start date shifted from the usual Memorial Day start, due to COVID-19. During the summer program, the Metropolitan Transit System will enforce existing COVID-19 protocols.

    Ads are highly visible and seen by an estimated 1,000 riders per day. They are an effective way to reach visitors as well as locals. Ads may promote Coronado tourism and the community, and can include services, products and events that appeal to residents and visitors, such as special events, local history and culture, local art and artists, and offerings from local businesses and retail stores where visitors can shop or buy. Ads are displayed for a minimum of one month. They must comply with the stated goals of the Coronado Summer Shuttle program and Metropolitan Transit System ad regulations.

    Cost is $125 per month per ad per bus for organizations and businesses, and $75 for nonprofit groups. Advertisers can reserve a maximum of 12 ads, or one ad per bus per month for the full Summer Shuttle program. Ad specifications, order form, and deadlines can be found under the documents tab. . Advertisers must provide all artwork for ads by or before each deadline.

    The City offers the free shuttle service to reduce vehicle trips along the Orange Avenue corridor during the peak summer season. The Free Summer Shuttle program is sponsored by the City and Discover Coronado. For more information or to place an ad, contact Howard Lee at (619) 522-2423 or email hlee@coronado.ca.us.