The Marina del Rey WaterBus experienced its most successful season ever this summer, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

Overall ridership for the weekend service was 40,365 — the highest passenger number in WaterBus history. Ridership increased approximately 65 percent over the same period last year.

The service, provided by Hornblower Cruises & Events, utilized four new pontoon boats and the vessel Cabaret to shuttle riders to seven boarding locations around the Marina. The water-based transportation alternative offered WaterBus passengers a scenic and relaxing trip to their destinations and has become part of a summer commuting experience for thousands of residents, boaters and tourists, a Beaches and Harbors spokesperson said.

This summer passengers were able to gauge its value as a public transportation option during the Fourth of July holiday and popular fireworks show, when the WaterBus shuttled more than 2,100 commuters, the department spokesperson said.

Since its inception in 2002, the WaterBus has delivered more than 145,000 riders to their destinations throughout Marina del Rey.

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