Catalina Island

Information on Changes To the City of Avalon Transit Program

There are two new, 22-foot, all-electric buses for Avalon’s Transit System, paid for largely in part with a grant from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Photo courtesy of City of Avalon
There are two new, 22-foot, all-electric buses for Avalon’s Transit System, paid for largely in part with a grant from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Photo courtesy of City of Avalon

Avalon, California – May 24, 2016– The City of Avalon is excited to announce the details of its new transit program scheduled to roll out in early June, 2016. Over the past year, the City of Avalon has been going through the process of publicly bidding the operation of its transit program. The City’s Transit program which consists of a fixed-route bus and Dial- a-Ride is wholly funded through a variety of grants that require the City periodically publicly bid the operating contract. The successful contractor, Transportation Concepts, operates similar, small transit programs throughout California. The City Council’s objective in the request for proposal was re-vamp the bus system with longer hours of operation and more frequency around the downtown area. Additionally, Transportation Concepts will be operating the Dial-a-Ride program which offers service to passengers 65-plus years. The new Transit System, “Avalon Transit” will operate 365 days a year, with bus service beginning at 7:20 a.m. at the Cabrillo Mole, and Dial-a-Ride service from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. The new bus route will be serviced by the City’s new, 22-foot, all-electric buses, paid for largely in part with a grant from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The new bus service, named “The Garibaldi,” will be an affordable transportation alternative, only costing $1.00 to ride. Avalon Transit’s Dial-a-Ride service will begin June 1, 2016, for seniors and disabled passengers and will cost $2.00 (in town) and $4.00 to Pebbly Beach and Hamilton Cove. For more information or to request a ride, the new phone number is 310-510-0081 and their offices will be located at 308 Crescent Avenue (former taxi booth). Catalina Transportation Services (Taxi) will be offering a taxi voucher program for qualified residents who do not meet the requirements for the Dial-a-Ride program. For more information, contact Catalina Transportation Services at 310-510-0342. Bus routes, schedules and additional information regarding Avalon Transit can be found by going to www.avalontransit.org.