Pacific Beach

Free shuttle service makes debut in Pacific Beach

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Residents and visitors will have a new way to get around Pacific Beach thanks to the launch of a new neighborhood electric vehicle pilot program in the busy neighborhood.

The shuttle -- named the Beach Bug through a public vote -- will "reduce demand for parking near coastal attractions, make it more convenient to take public transit to the beach and support the city's Climate Action Plan goals," a city statement reads. The shuttle will run from the Balboa Avenue Transit Center to the beachside neighborhood.

NEVs are all-electric, low-speed shuttles that travel up to 25 mph. Operated by Circuit, the Beach Bug service will be free for the first three months. Free Ride Everywhere Downtown -- or FRED -- is an existing NEV service operated by Circuit which runs in Downtown San Diego.

The Beach Bug is being funded by SANDAG and parking meter revenue collected from on-street parking meters in the city of San Diego

Mayor Todd Gloria joined City Council President and San Diego Association of Governments Vice Chair Sean Elo-Rivera, Councilman Joe LaCava and Pacific Beach community leaders on Wednesday to announce the Beach Bug shuttle.

For more information on the Beach Bug, click here.

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