A free beach shuttle for residents and visitors to Marina del Rey, the Venice Pier and Playa Vista will return to service beginning Friday, May 24.
“Thanks to a partnership with Playa Vista, anyone who wants to visit the beach, spend time at the Venice Pier or enjoy Marina del Rey now has a free and easy ride without worrying about finding parking or dealing with traffic headaches,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, who represents Marina del Rey.
Beginning with Memorial Day weekend, the beach shuttle will operate on Fridays, weekends, and holidays through the month of September.
Friday and Saturday operating hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday and holiday operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
During the Marina del Rey Thursday evening classical concerts at Burton Chace Park (July 11 and 25; Aug. 8 and 22), the beach shuttle will operate from 5 to 10 p.m., providing direct round trip service to Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey.
The Beach Shuttle will also provide service via a special route to the Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice on Sunday, Sept. 29, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The free service will travel from Playa Vista every 30 minutes, carrying riders to major points of interest, including Fisherman’s Village, the Waterside Shopping Center and Marina “Mothers” Beach in Marina del Rey and the Venice Pier. Shuttle stops are conveniently located near seven Marina del Rey WaterBus boarding locations.
Beach shuttle buses are powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas. The buses are wheelchair accessible­ and will also accommodate bicycles for easy commuting.
There will be a pause in service for required driver breaks between 3:15 and 4:15 p.m., say county officials.
Information, www.beaches.lacounty.gov.