Just when we thought things couldn’t get more confusing with the trolleys, Laguna’s city bureaucracy delivers.
The old Visit Laguna app shows us where the trolleys are live—only the function doesn’t work. The new trolley app fixed this function, but there is no other info. Now if you want the whole picture, you need two trolley apps to tell you when the trolley will arrive. The epitome of inconvenience that, considering Uber and Lyft alternatives in town, will never prove to the Council that riders are open to alternative transportation to lighten parking and the city’s heavy traffic load.
Trolleys are seemingly becoming the new Village Entrance—a long process, never finished and without delivering its intended function. Recently, Lagunans were pacified when the city decided to keep neighborhood trolleys for another year—happy to have at least a defunct system rather than nothing.
Would it not be better to try a city subsidy for Lyft and Uber for a year for all routes and use the trolleys only in summer time to support the masses? If we are spending $2.5 million per year on the trolleys, that would be 35,000 rides per month using the rideshares. Uber and Lyft can give us real statistics, helping us figuring out who, when and where alternative transportation is used. We would learn so much about making transportation easier, if our politicians would just recognize its importance and take our traffic/parking issues seriously.
Or let’s try a hybrid solution with Uber and Lyft in the neighborhoods and trolleys that run every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on PCH and Canyon. Yes, we will need to find a solution for the few kids that can’t rideshare, but they don’t justify the current waste to keep the status quo. The current system is so emotionally draining for everyone involved due to its abundant senselessness.
Why is the city ignoring these facts? I challenge anyone to give me one good reason we should keep going in this frustrating vein.
Michaell Magrutsche, Laguna Beach