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For Immediate Release

10 May 2024

MONTEREY-SALINAS TRANSIT (MST) AND THE CITY OF MONTEREY CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE MONTEREY SUMMER TROLLEY SERVICE FOR NEXT 10 YEARS

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) and the City of Monterey are pleased to announce that the popular Fast, Fun & Free MST Monterey Trolley will continue to be available during the summer tourist season to both residents and visitors for the next 10 years.

The MST Monterey Trolley first started operating in 2004, evolving from the Waterfront Area Visitor Express (WAVE) shuttle bus service, which started in 1993 through a partnership between MST, the City of Monterey, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The MST Monterey Trolley has transported over 4 million passengers through the areas of Downtown Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, the Aquarium, and many great points in between.

According to a survey conducted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, over 75% of trolley passengers had cars that were parked while they rode the trolley – many of those cars were parked in parking garages and some in hotel parking lots. An earlier MST survey revealed that 55% of respondents would have driven their own car to reach their Monterey Peninsula destination if the trolley wasn’t available, and 5% would not have made the trip at all if it weren’t for the availability of the MST Monterey Trolley.

MST General Manager/CEO Carl Sedoryk said, “The MST Trolley benefits visitors and residents by reducing the number of cars on the already busy streets. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and microplastics from automobile tire wear that find their way to the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary is a benefit everyone, everywhere can appreciate. Working together with partners like the City of Monterey and Monterey Bay Aquarium to connect visitors to the amazing sites of the Monterey Peninsula in an environmentally friendly and responsible way couldn’t feel better, and we can’t wait to see all the smiling faces on board the Fast, Fun, and Free MST Monterey Trolley!”

“The City of Monterey will continue its partnership with MST for another decade”, stated Monterey City Manager Hans Uslar.  “Our primary goal is to reduce congestion, and the summer trolley achieves that goal while providing an amenity to locals and tourists alike.”

The City of Monterey funds $452,000 annually for the trolley, with an additional contribution of $117,700 from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The financial backing by the City of Monterey reflects its commitment to support local businesses, enhance the visitor experience, and reduce traffic congestion for its residents, all while being kind to our planet.

The free trolley operates each summer, running from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

For more information, visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll-free at 1-888-MST-BUS1. For RealTime bus arrival information, text “Next” and your four-digit bus stop ID (example, “Next 9103”) to 25370, call 1-888-MST-BUS1 with your four-digit bus stop ID, download the free Transit app, or use Google Maps.

For more information about the City of Monterey’s transportation and parking services, including resources on the City’s parking facilities and the Resident Discount Parking Pass, visit www.monterey.gov/parking

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