Summer Shuttle

Summer Shuttle Update (May 20, 2021)

A sure sign that Coronado is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic is the return of the Free Summer Shuttle along Orange Avenue. Join the City, supporters and sponsors of the program at the kick-off event on Sunday, June 6, at 1 pm at Spreckels Park near the Coronado Public Library.

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 and 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.

Summer Shuttle With Masked RidersThe City will buy Metropolitan Transit System day passes and deliver them to the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association for distribution. 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 am to 11 pm 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 Boulevard As parking is at a premium on the Fourth of July, this will provide a convenient alternative to driving for Cays residents.

The Free Summer Shuttle will run through Labor Day, September 6, daily from 9 am to 9:30 pm and one hour later on Friday and Saturday. More details on the program at the Coronado's Free Summer Shuttle website.

Kick-off Event Details

The kick-off event will be held on the first day of service, June 6. Four brightly wrapped buses will be in service. After the kick-off ceremony, the community is invited to take a ride. Light refreshments will be served. Discover Coronado has once again graciously agreed to pay to wrap the four buses.

  • Who: City leaders, supporters, sponsors
  • What: Free Summer Shuttle Kick-off Event
  • When: 1 pm
  • Where: Spreckels Park (Orange Avenue across from the Library)

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.

Interior of ShuttlePlace Your Ad in Coronado's Popular Summer Shuttle Bus

Coronado, CA (May 5, 2021) - 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. Access ad specifications and deadlines (PDF) and the ad order form (PDF). 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 Howard Lee.