The Beach Shuttle serving Playa Vista, Marina del Rey and the Venice Pier will soon offer expanded service to Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey, Los Angeles County officials said.

The shuttle will operate Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as holidays, from Friday, May 25th, to Monday, September 3rd.

This year, the Beach Shuttle will also offer a one-day service on Sunday, September 30th, to and from the Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice, following the same summer route.

Funding for the shuttle, which is free and open to the public, comes from County Supervisor Don Knabe and Playa Vista.

The clean-fuel shuttles will circulate hourly along the route on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The enhanced beach shuttle service will connect with the Marina del Rey WaterBus, providing weekend boat transportation to six boarding locations throughout the Marina, including Fisherman’s Village, Burton Chace Park, the Waterfront Walk, Marina “Mothers” Beach, Dolphin Marina and Marina Harbor.

Riders can dial (310) 628-3219 for an on-call WaterBus pickup or head for a boarding location and a dock attendant will hail the WaterBus.

Bicycles are also allowed on board both the beach shuttle and the WaterBus for passengers seeking an alternative way to travel to the beach areas.

A special Beach Shuttle schedule will operate during the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series to drop off and pick up passengers at Burton Chace Park in the Marina, which will allow some people attending the concerts to leave their cars at home, officials said.

The special concert shuttle schedule will operate:

– on Classical Thursdays, (July 12th and 26th; August 9th and 23rd), from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.;

– on Pop Saturdays, (July 21st; August 4th, and 18th; September 1st), the regular Saturday schedule from 10 a.m. to midnight.

“This free shuttle is a fantastic resource in the area, and I encourage the community to utilize it,” Knabe said. “Now, with its expanded service, it is even more accessible to the beach-going public.”

Playa Vista president Steve Soboroff added, “At Playa Vista, we encourage people to get out of their cars and utilize alternative forms of transportation.

“This low-emission shuttle service is a great way to improve summer traffic flow to and from the beaches while providing a wonderful convenience for local residents.”

The Beach Shuttles leave Playa Vista at 10:15 a.m. and continue with hourly pick-ups and drop-offs at all marked bus stops along the route (see map at left), which includes: Admiralty Way and Fiji Way; Fisherman’s Village; Admiralty Way and Admiralty Park; Admiralty Way and Palawan Way;

Via Marina and Panay Way; Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue; Washington Boulevard and Via Marina; and Admiralty Way and Mindanao Way, with the return to Playa Vista.

Stops within Playa Vista include the Playa Vista Branch Library, The CenterPointe Club, Concert Park and Fountain Park.